Upcoming VIC Events

End of Year Celebration & Seminar

The Victorian Branch of Forestry Australia will host an end of year celebration and dinner at which presentations will be given on increasing the productivity and value of Victoria’s main plantation species, which are the result of many decades of tree improvement.

Come along, meet old friends and new colleagues and hear the fascinating story of the development and future directions in breeding and tree improvement and an update on work to improve the value of farm forestry species (the TRIG Project).

Title: Increasing productivity and value of Victoria’s forest plantations through tree breeding: past, present and future.
Date: Thursday 8 December
Time: 5:30pm – 8pm
Location: The Last Jar Hotel, Melbourne and online
Meals: At own cost. Meals and drinks at pub prices.

Presentations from the following speakers:

  • Dr Leon Pederick (formerly Victorian Government) History of tree improvement in Victoria.
  • Dr Tony McCrae (Tree Breeding Australia) Current radiata pine and blue gum improvement initiatives.
  • Erin Hodgson (PF Olsen). Trials, Review, Information and Genetics (TRIG) Project for farm tree species.

Registrations:
Forestry Australia Member: $0 |Non-members: $25*
Registrations close: Tuesday 6 December

*The registration fee for non-member full-time students will count as a Forestry Australia membership subscription for 2022/23

To register, click here

Past Events

Farm Forestry Open Day at Brimin Lodge, NE Victoria

FFORNE (Farm Forestry North East) and Forestry Australia are delighted to invite you to Farm Forestry Open Day to examine opportunities for trees on farms.

Date: Sunday 9 October
Time: 1:00 – 5:00pm
Host: Philippa Noble

View demonstrations of the whole of tree life cycle from planting to harvest and furniture. Open day will feature a farm walk, timber machinery demonstration and afternoon tea. The address and other instructions will be emailed to everyone who registers.

Registration:
Registration is complimentary, but we ask you to register to advise us that you are coming.
Registrations close: Friday 7 October at 10:00am

VIC NETWORKING EVENT: Australia’s Timber Supply

Title: Australia’s Timber Supply: The role of imports, impacts of war and what do we do now?
Date: Thursday 8 September 2022
Location: The Last Jar Hotel, Upstairs Function Room
616 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Time: Arrive from 5:30pm. Presentation starts at 6:30pm (AEST)
Dinner: 7:15pm, dinner and drinks at own expense can be purchased at the bar.
Speaker: Tim Woods, IndustryEdge

About
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 presentation followed by time to catch up and continue informal conversation and meet fellow professionals working on different aspects of forest management.

Registrations (Inc GST):
Forestry Australia Members: $0 | Non-members: $10
Registrations close: Wednesday 7 September 2022 at 10:00am (AEST)

With thanks to our supporters:

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.

Farm Forestry North-East (FFORNE)
Strathbogie Field Day

About:
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

About:
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.

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