Upcoming VIC Events

VIC ONLINE EVENT: Forest Regulation and Codes of Forest Practice

Date: Thursday 28 July
Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm (AEST)

The aim of this online forum is to explore different perspectives of forest regulation, consider what has worked and what hasn’t in regulating practices that impact on the environment, and discuss alternative approaches to regulation of timber production based on examples of regulatory arrangements in other settings and from other jurisdictions.

Participants will hear from the following confirmed speakers:

  • Adam Beaumont – Facilitator
  • Christine Parker – overview of regulatory approaches
  • Mark Costello, Djaara. Traditional Owner perspective.
  • Ann La Sala – a perspective on the Tasmanian Forest Practices System

Protection and sustainable management and use of forests is a critical global environmental issue. Policies that regulate forest harvesting for timber production are central to sustainable forest management. Despite many shared concerns, the international community has not been able to reach any binding global agreement on forests and national and state policies primarily determine the conduct of forests are managed. Regulations and codes of forest practice have been part of the forest governance framework in Australia since the 1980s. These have been subject to regular public review.

Their conformance with national environmental legislation, the adequacy of these provisions to protect forest conservation values, and operator adherence to regulations has been regularly tested in courts. The Victorian Government is currently undertaking a review of the Code of Practice for Timber Production to improve and address deficiencies raised by the industry and community and provide greater certainty to operators.

Please register to receive joining instructions to participate in the session.
Forestry Australia Member: $0 | Non-members: $10
Registrations close: 28 July at 10:00am

To register, click here

The session will be recorded and all those who register will receive a copy of the recording.

Past Events

Gippsland Agroforestry Network (GAN)
CERES Fair wood| Field Trip and Demonstration

Date: Wednesday 15 June
Time: 9:00am (AEST)

The Gippsland Agroforestry Network (GAN) would like to invite you to visit CERES Fair Wood including a mobile salvage sawmilling demonstration in action.

Located in Preston, CERES Fair Wood is a social enterprise acting as an honest broker between Australian farm foresters, small local sawmillers and environmentally conscious wood users. We will be taken on a tour of the workshop and introduced to a varied product range that includes cladding, decking, lining, flooring, landscaping materials, joinery timber and firewood.

Farmed Forests of the North-East (FFORNE)
Strathbogie Field Day

Tour of mixed native plantation (13-year-old) consisting Shining Gum, Sugar Gum, Blue Gum, Messmate and Radiata Pine.
We will discuss: GPS surveying, pruning, thinning, tree deaths, management and challenges e.g. deer

Date: Saturday 4 June
Time:10:30am (AEST)
Meeting Point: a copy of the map will be provided to those who register
Equipment: Please bring warm clothing, sturdy footwear and rain jacket
Catering: Morning tea provided on arrival. Lunch is bring your own (stove to warm food is available)
RFP CPD points: 4.0

Program, subject to change:

10:30am: Arrive
10:30am – 11:00am: Morning Tea
11:00am -12.30pm: Plantation Tour
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch (BYO)
1.30pm – 3.00pm: Open Discussion
Dale Mitchell Alpine Logging – harvesting and haulage, market opportunities.
Open question time and opportunity to share information
3:00pm: Close

Registrations (inc GST):
Forestry Australia Member: $0 | Non-Member: $10

Networking Evening
Views of the Forest from early Colonial Art:
Is early colonial art an accurate guide to the pre-European forests of South-eastern Australia?

The Victorian Branch of Forestry Australia would like to invite you to a social evening. Details as follows:

Date: Thursday 19 May 2022
Time: Arrive from 5:30pm. Presentation starts at 6:30pm (AEST)
Dinner & Drinks: At you own expense. To view menu and prices click HERE
Place: The Last Jar Hotel, Melbourne, 616 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Speaker: Mike Ryan
RFP CPD points: 1.0

Forestry Australia is hosting a series of networking events for forest sector professionals. These are open to Forestry Australia members, other professionals working in forests and other interested individuals. They involve a short presentation followed by time to catch up and continue informal conversation and meet fellow professionals working on different aspects of forest management.

Mike Ryan

Michael is the Forest Scientist for VicForests. In his daytime role he works on how adaptive management can cater for both timber production and biodiversity conservation, in summer he has a fire role as a fire behaviour analyst and at nighttime he does wildlife surveys. Outside of work he has an alternative interest in early colonial art when he is not out kayaking or making holes in the centre of an archery target.

In this talk Michael looks at whether artwork was useful to determine what forests and woodlands were like before European settlement changed aboriginal management practices.

Registrations (incl. GST):
Forestry Australia Members: $0 | Non Members: $10

VIC Field Trip
Forest Pest Management Research Consortium – Gippsland

The Forest Pest Management Research Consortium is a cooperative effort towards integrated practices for economic control of pests by research units, forest growers, control agent providers and policy regulators across Australia, established in 2018. Together, we strive to maintain ecosystem health and the productive capacity of forests by finding and taking appropriate measures to lessen the impact of weeds and pests. We develop customised screening and operational trials with a variety of forest growers, and trial a range of control agents using basic and advanced application technologies such as drones to provide a science-based argument on the use of existing and alternative control agents in Australian forests. For more information about The Forest Pest Management Research Consortium, click HERE

This field trip will be the first Forest Pest Management Research Consortium public event organised by the University of the Sunshine Coast, HVP Plantations and Forestry Australia. During the inaugural field trip, participants will be introduced to the Consortium research and partners, and guided through a series of research trials that are part of the Consortium project activities.

Date: 21 May 2022
Meeting Point: HVP Churchill Office carpark.
Meals: Morning teas are included in cost.
Transport: HVP personnel will provide three vehicles transporting a total of 3 passengers/ vehicle. Self-drive option in convoy, 4WD is preferred (travelling on gravel roads), carpools will be arranged each day.
Equipment: Please bring appropriate clothing, closed and sturdy footwear (we will be walking through trial sites on uneven terrain), water and sunscreen. Where possible, please bring your own hard hat and High-Vis vests.
COVID Info: Click HERE, to view restrictions in VIC
Please note: 21 May is the Federal Election Day, where needed, please make the necessary arrangements before the field trip.

Registrations (inc. GST)
Forestry Australia Member: $10 | Non-member: $20 | Forestry Australia Student Member: $0
Forest Pest Management Research Consortium Member: Free (invite only)
Registrations close: Wednesday 18 May – 10:00am

Networking Event – Warragul

Gippsland Plantations and Investment
The Forestry Australia Victorian Committee is excited to be hosting a face-to-face networking event on Thursday 16 December. A great way to wind into the festive period, the networking event is open to Forestry Australia members, other professionals working in forests and other interested individuals.

The short informal presentation will be followed up with time to catch up and continue informal conversation and meet fellow professionals working in the forestry sector. Tables will be booked for those who want to stay on for dinner.

Presentation Topic: Gippsland Plantations and Investment
Date: Thursday 16 December | Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Speaker: Deb Kerr, CEO, Victorian Forest Products Association
Location: The Railway Hotel, 81 Queen Street. WARRAGUL, VIC, 3820 (next to the railway station)
Dinner: at your own expense, please indicate if you would like to stay for dinner when you register.

Forestry Australia Member: $0 | Non-member: $10
Registrations close: Tuesday 14 December at 1:00pm