Upcoming Events

Field Trip to K’gari-Fraser Island – Forest Management Impacts 

This trip will provide an overview of how active forest management, fire and sand mining have impacted on the island’s vegetation. The trip will be led by Forestry Australia member Associate Professor Grahame Applegate. Grahame has a long association with K’gari-Fraser Island dating back to the early 1980’s when he undertook biomass assessments as part of his Master’s studies. He has also published a book titled “Vegetation of Fraser Island / K’gari”.

As part of the field trip the group will also meet with Indigenous and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service managers to discuss current management priorities and issues.

Dates: Friday 7 to Sunday 9 October 2022
Program: To download program, click HERE
Meeting Point: University of the Sunshine Coast’s (UniSC) Dilli Village Environmental and Education Camp on K’gari – Fraser Island
Accommodation: At Dilli Village, for more information about accommodation, click HERE
Meals: Self catering. The group will have access to UniSC’s fully equipped industrial kitchen and BBQ facilities for cooking and a large, covered dining area. Access to their coldroom and freezer room to store food will also be available.
Food: Bring enough food for your own requirements.
Transport: 4WD transport will be required for all participants. The organisers will try to match available vehicle seats with those who need a lift, or 4WD vehicles can be hired from Rainbow Beach or Hervey Bay. Transport details must be provided as part of the registration process. A vehicle access permit is required for each vehicle.
Equipment: Sun-safe clothing is recommended. Hats, sunscreen, water bottles, and closed in shoes are required. Swimwear and towels will also be useful.

Additional transport costs for K’gari-Fraser Island are:

  • $130 return for the barge from Inskip Point to the Island for a 4WD, including passengers.
  • $155 return for the barge from River Heads for a 4WD with 4 passengers.
  • Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service vehicle access permit fee $55.90.
  • It is expected that all passengers who carpool will make a contribution to these fees, in addition to assisting with fuel costs for the trip and helping to wash down the vehicle on return to the mainland.

COVID Info: Click HERE, to view current restrictions in QLD.

Registration:
Forestry Australia Member: $20.00 | Non-members: $30.00
Registrations close: Monday 19 September 2022

To register, click here

Past Events

Field Trip to Chinchilla

Forestry Australia’s Queensland Committee would like to invite you to the upcoming field trip: Celebrating the Native Cypress and Western Hardwood Industry in QLD.

Dates: Friday 5 – Sunday 7 August 2022

Meeting Points:

  • Friday 5 August: 1:00pm: Optional – Meet at the Cecil Plains General Store, and travel to Dunmore Forest Station to visit Chinchilla White Gum progeny trials and seed orchard with A. Prof. David Lee
  • Friday 5 August: 3:00 pm at Dalby Visitor Information Centre.
  • Saturday 6 August: 8:00am Chinchilla Botanic Gardens (Carpark area).

Meals: Lunch, morning and afternoon teas included in cost; dinners are purchased separately. Dinners at the Chinchilla venue cost between $20 and $50.
Transport: Participants self-drive. Four-wheel drive is best, carpools will be arranged each day.
Equipment: Hats, sunscreen, water bottles, closed shoes. Sun-safe clothing is recommended.

Hint: there is likely to be an award for the person dressed most like a “forester”.
COVID Info: Click HERE, to view restrictions in QLD

PROGRAM Subject to change

Day One – Friday 5 August
1:00pm: Optional – Meet at the Cecil Plains General Store, and travel to Dunmore Forest Station to visit Chinchilla White Gum progeny trials and seed orchard with A. Prof. David Lee
3:00 pm: Meet outside the visitor information centre at Thomas Jack Park Dalby.
Meet local Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Manager Cypress, Keith Woodward for smoko.
4:30pm: Travel on to accommodation at Chinchilla.

Day Two – Saturday 6 August
8:00am: Meet at the Chinchilla Botanic Gardens carpark and organise into carpools
8:30am: Hurfords Sawmill tour, with mill manager Roger Brent
10:30am: Morning tea at the mill
11:00am: Travel to Chinchilla White Gum site
1:00pm: Lunch in the forest
2:00pm: Cypress silviculture trials in Barakula State Forest
4:00pm: Smoko and travel back to Chinchilla
6:30pm: Dinner and awards at the Club Hotel Chinchilla Dinner. Meals will cost between $20 and $50. Please confirm attendance to dinner when you register.

Day Three – Sunday 7 August
8:00am: Meet at the Chinchilla Botanic Gardens carpark and organise into carpools
8:30am: Travel to Western hardwoods for the Chinese market site
10:30am: Smoko and shed talk on carbon offsets from active forest management
12:00pm: Break up and travel home

Suggested Accommodation:
The Chinchilla Weir has free camping and powered sites (first come first served). There are a range of motels and other caravan parks in Chinchilla. The Club Hotel has a Motor Inn (a short stagger from the hotel).

Registration:
Forestry Australia Member: $30 (this will cover lunch and smokos) | Non-members: $55
Registrations close: Wednesday 3 August 2022

QLD EVENT: Townsville

Manufacturing of waste hardwood (WPC) & inspection of recently harvested African Mahogany logs

Date: Sunday 16 January
Time: 10:30am (AEST)
Location: QPlas P/L Factory, 80 Shaw Rd, Townsville

About:
Participants will have the opportunity to inspect the manufacturing of waste hardwood (WPC) and inspect recently harvested, 19-year-old plantation-grown African mahogany logs. Afterwards an informal lunchtime gathering will be held at the Bohle Barn to discuss more about plantation forestry issues.

Agenda
10:30am: Welcome and morning tea (morning tea provided)
12:00pm: Lunch (at own expense) Bohle Barn (cnr Shaw Rd and Bruce Highway, 400 mt distant) for those who are interested, please indicate when you register.

QLD: AGM & Field Trip in Gympie

USC Research trial plantings

The Queensland Division of Forestry Australia in partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) would like to invite you to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and field trip in Gympie. We will kick the day off in Traveston for a welcome by USC followed by a site visit of coppice, sandalwood and other species trial-plantings guided by A/Prof David Lee. After the site visit, we will make our way to the USC Gympie Campus for an outdoor BBQ sponsored by USC and the AGM.
When you register, please indicate if you are attending morning field trip and AGM or only AGM.

Date: Saturday 20 November 2021
Time: 9.00 am – 2.00 pm
Meeting point: Matilda – The Giant Kangaroo Statue, 1516 Bruce Hwy, Kyong QLD 4570
Transport: Delegates are required to arrange their own transport to Traveston/Gympie (getting there directions below).
Meals: Lunch is provided by USC, please indicate dietary requirements in the registration link. Other meals are BYO.
RFP CPD:2 Points
Registrations close: Tuesday 16 November at 5:00 pm AEST

Program: Saturday 20 November – Please note that the program is subject to change.

09:00 am: Arrival at the Traveston meeting point
09:30 am: Welcome by USC Forest Research Institute representative
10:00 am: USC Research Trial visit hosted by A/Prof David Lee
12:00 pm: Travel to USC Gympie Campus
12:15 pm: Lunch sponsored by USC
01:00 pm: QLD Forestry Australia Annual General Meeting
02:00 pm: Wrap-up

Getting there:

* Field Trip: The Matilda Statue meeting point is located on the left side of the Bruce Highway northbound next to the Puma Traveston petrol station. From there we will travel as a convoy.
* AGM ONLY: For those attending the AGM only, a map of USC Gympie Campus can be found HERE

When you register, please indicate if you are attending morning field trip and AGM or AGM only.

Registrations
Forestry Australia Members: Free |USC Students & Staff Members: Free |Non Members: $20

Mitchell Field Trip

Mitchell Field Trip: Vegetation management and markets in Queensland’s South West
New Dates

The Queensland Division of Australia Forestry would like to invite members and those interested in Cypress forest management, carbon and environmental offset markets on a two-day field trip to Mitchell and its surrounds. It is a long Queen’s Birthday weekend so get your camping gear out! During the trip, you will receive an overview of the regions Cypress markets and operations provided by local forest officers and mill operators. A series of presentations around carbon markets in the states South West and potential environmental offsets will be tied in with several field visits in the surrounding forests. You will be guided through the principles of Mulga forests and the opportunities for alternate carbon markets.

Please note that the program is subject to change.

New Dates: Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 October 2021
RFP CPD: 9 Points
Meeting point: 75 Alice St, Mitchell QLD 4465

Delegates are required to arrange their own transport to Mitchell (getting there information below). For those who wish to stay in the area, camping and accommodation details can be found below.

Day One Program: Saturday 2 October

12:00 pm arrival at Mitchell meeting point
01:00 pm Cypress mill tour and discussion about operation and markets
03:00 pm Cypress forest visit including markets and operation discussions
05:00 pm Emerging markets for foresters in environmental offsets and other areas of the vegetation management framework
06:00 pm Camp oven dinner and campfire ceremony

Day Two Program: Sunday 3 October

06:00 am Camp Breakfast
07:30 am Mulga forest visit and discuss fodder harvesting
09:30 am Brains trust discussion of opportunities for alternate carbon methods to compliment fodder harvesting and silviculture
12:00 pm Wrap-up

Registrations close: Tuesday 30 September at 5:00 pm AEST

Suggested Accommodation:
Camp for free at 75 Alice Street, powered sites available. Guesthouse with four free beds available on a first-in-first-served basis.
Please contact Seamus Batstone (Seamus.Batstone@resources.qld.gov.au).
Or check nearby hotel/motel accommodation in Mitchell.

Meals and food:
Optional camp oven dinner on Saturday 2 October (price $25) and breakfast on Sunday 3 October (price $10) provided – payment to be made directly to the organisers onsite, cash is preferred.
Other meals are BYO or can be purchased in Mitchell.

Getting there:
Mitchell is a 6.5-hour drive west of Brisbane. Please check carpooling options if you do not have your own vehicle to drive.
The nearest airport is Roma where pick-up and drop-off can be arranged.

Field Trip: Araucaria plantation management, fire recovery and tree planting at Jimna

Date: Saturday 20 March 2021

Time: 9:00am for morning tea, presentation and tour 9:30am to 11:30am
Location: HQPlantations Office, 33 Bellbird Road, JIMNA, QLD, 4515

About:
To celebrate the International Day of Forests, the IFA/AFG Queensland Branch would like to invite IFA/AFG members and those interested in plantation management and fire recovery on a field trip to Jimna. During the trip you will receive an overview of the 2019 fire season, visit a fire-affected area and learn how the Jimna Hoop Pine plantations are being re-established. You will then have an opportunity to plant a Hoop Pine tree.  Delegates are required to arrange their own transport to Jimna (accessible on a bitumen road), where morning tea will be provided. A bus will then transport delegates around the tour sites. The trip will involve minimal walking. For those who wish to stay in the area, camping is available nearby at the QPWS Peach.