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Tasmanian Timber Awards 2019

The inaugural Tasmanian Timber awards dinner was held at the Tailrace Centre, Launceston on the 9th August 2019 and was supported by over 300 industry representatives. The evening provided an opportunity to recognise Tasmanian timber businesses and individual from across the state with 13 categories and 40 finalists.

Private Forests Tasmania (PFT) sponsored the Tree Farmer of the Year Award, and PFTs CEO, Penny Wells was awarded Outstanding Contribution to the Timber Industry (female) award.

Tree Farmer of the Year Award

Private Forests Tasmania would like to extend their congratulations to Owen and Sue Smith who were awarded Tree Farmer of the Year for their demonstrated excellence across a range of skills beyond best practice guidelines in their field of expertise in tree farming.

The Smiths own and operate a private business involved in the acquisition of a large and diverse land estate, a diverse and sustainable mixed forestry business, an agricultural business and a forest harvesting business.

From a tree farming perspective, their assets include over 400 hectares of plantation and more than 1,500 hectares of productive native forest.

The Tree Farmer of the Year award was previously administered by the Australian Forest Growers who recently merged with the Institute of Foresters of Australia and nominated to support the TFFPN Awards Initiative.

Sue & Owen Smith were awarded the Tree Farmer of the Year Award presented by PFT's CEO, Penny Wells.
Photo credit:  Rob Burnett Images

Outstanding Contribution to the Timber Industry (female)

Congratulations to PFT’s Chief Executive Officer, Penny Wells who was awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Timber Industry (Female)’ at the Tasmanian Timber Awards dinner.

Penny was a finalist in the award which recognises an individual who has demonstrated excellence in their commitment to supporting and promoting the Tasmanian Timber Industry alongside other finalists, Emma Barker of Sustainable Timber Tasmania and Jillian Aylett-Brown of Mechanised Logging.

Penny was presented the award by Stephen Rymer from PF Olsen for her 30 year contribution to the Tasmanian timber industry, her most prominent achievement being her contribution to the development and evolution of Tasmania’s forest management systems (legislation, policy, plans, planning tools & guidelines, including Tasmania’s Regional Forest Agreement).

Private Forests Tasmania would like to congratulate all recipients and finalists, thank sponsors and congratulate the Tasmanian Forests and Forest Products Networks on conducting such a wonderful event.

For additional information on the Tasmanian Forests & Forest Products Network, please visit their website. www.tffpn.com.au

Penny Wells is presented her award for outstanding contribution to the timber industry (female) by Stephen Rymer of PF Olsen.
Photo credit:  Rob Burnett Images