AFG 2016 Biennial National Conference
Welcome to the AFG Biennial National Conference, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, 23-26 October 2016
Australia’s premier private forest conference is the place to be in 2016. The theme, ‘Making the Right Choice’ is crucial to private forestry today and topical sessions will showcase knowledge, proven forest and forest industries activities as well as research innovation in Australia. The Conference will satisfy anyone who owns or manages trees for commercial or non-commercial outcomes.
Hear how successful forest owners, consultants, leading researchers, innovative industry, government and communities make the right decisions to benefit from forestry. See, via field days, how private forestry and industry are growing their businesses in Tasmania today.
Communication is important and the three day program of up to 40 ‘hands on’ speakers together with field tours and social functions –provides delegates an unrivalled opportunity to meet one another, the speakers, industry representatives and trade exhibitors to share ‘tree growing’ experiences and lean about practical developments and innovative research.
We look forward to you joining us there.
Dr Kevin Harding
Australian Forest Growers
About Australian Forest Growers
Australian Forest Growers is the national association representing and promoting private forestry and commercial treegrowing interests in Australia. If you grow trees commercially for wood or non-wood products, or you would like to, Australian Forest Growers can help you. Read more...
Arthur Lyons, Conference Convenor, Secretary AFG Tasmanian Branch and Manager Services, Private Forests Tasmania
Dr Kevin Harding, National President, Australian Forest Growers
Tony Cannon, Life Member, Australian Forest Growers and private forester
Dr Greg Unwin, Senior Lecturer, University of Tasmania and private forester
Robin Dickson, Operations Manager IFARM and private forest owner
Tony Stonjek, Forestry Director, AKS Forest Solutions
Frank O’Connor, Farmer and private forest owner
Lawrence Archer, Farmer and private forest owner
Nigel Calvert, Farmer and private forest owner
Neville Calvert, Farmer and private forest owner
Ros Henderson, Life Member, Australian Forest Growers and private forest owner
Mark Cornelius, Private forest owner
Sarah Presnell, Executive Assistant/ Finance Officer, NRM North
Sarah Paradice, Executive Officer, Australian Forest Growers
Australian Forest Growers has conducted successful biennial national conferences for 38 years in all Australian States. The Conference has been held in Launceston on three occasions, the last being ‘the best ever’ conference in 2006. A decade on, the 2016 Conference aims to ‘more the satisfy delegates expectations’.
Call for abstracts and papers
Conference registration opens
31 March 2016
Abstracts, First Round due
Submit an Abstract
31 May 2016
Abstracts, Second Round due
31 July 2016
Abstracts, Completed Papers to be received (or later by negotiation)
31 August 2016
Early bird registration closes
18 – 22 October 2016
Pre- Conference Tour
23 -26 October 2016
The Conference venue is Hotel Grand Chancellor, 29 Cameron St, Launceston Tasmania 7250.
Hotel Grand Chancellor is something special. Situated in the historic district, just steps from the Central Business District, the heart of Launceston and various attractions, with 4.5-star accommodation, superb dining at Avenue Restaurant it is Launceston’s premier conference venue. Hotel Grand Chancellor.
The Welcome Function is in the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (Royal Park). This is arguably Australia’s finest regional art gallery featuring both long-term and temporary exhibitions. It is a place to enjoy the richness and diversity of fine art and design collections - a vibrant part of Launceston’s heritage and contemporary culture.
Shuttle buses, taxis and hire cars are available at the Launceston Airport 15 minutes from Launceston CBD. Launceston Airtport.
Delegates have a wide choice of accommodation in Launceston to suit all budgets and within a short walking distance of the venue. Delegates are encouraged to stay at the Hotel Grand Chancellor as it is the Conference hub and offers competitive accommodation packages for delegates. Preview the venue and accommodation and book accommodation.
Everything you need to know about Launceston
Launceston, designated Australia’s most family friendly city, is Tasmania's second major city and a vibrant place for food and wine, culture and nature and a lifestyle second to none. In fact, the whole region is packed with city and country charm, gorgeous old towns, excellent food and wine and beautiful scenic highlights. Read more.
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The program encourages delegates, speakers and exhibitors to meet and greet and share knowledge and experiences. Sessions include generous time for questions and discussion, Refreshment and meal breaks are casual and unhurried. A Business Breakfast will help delegates better their businesses.
Opening Keynote: Professor Barry Brook, Chair of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Tasmania
Barry Brook, an ecologist and modeller, is Professor of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Tasmania. He is a highly cited scientist, having published three books, over 300 refereed papers, and many popular articles. His awards include the 2006 Australian Academy of Science Fenner Medal and the 2010 Community Science Educator of the Year.
His research focuses on the impacts of global change on biodiversity, ecological dynamics, forest ecology, paleo-environments, energy, and simulation models.
He has a strong interest in the ecology and sustainable use of forests and will draw on his impressive experience to provide conference delegates with a challenging perspective on how private forestry can meet society’s expectations for sustainable production.
The Conference Dinner will feature the national Tree Farmer of the Year Award.
The AFG Policy Forum will for the first time be an integral part of the Conference as will be the Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) AGM 2016 and to which delegates will be encouraged to attend.
Private forest owners and managers who love to share and discuss their stories with other growers are invited to the inaugural ‘Grower Workshops’ embedded in the Conference program. If you wish to share your story, or participate on a discussion panel, please register now – details are at ‘Grower Workshops’.
The program includes a Business Breakfast - International Markets, David Evans, Senior Director Marketing, New Forests Timber Products Pty Ltd. Delegates will have a privileged and firsthand insight into the growth of the Chinese Pulp market along with changes in supply from around the world which will position suppliers in Australia into the future. David has worked for North Forest Products, Gunns Limited, Forico and now New Forests. He lived in Tokyo for over 15 years handling forest products and has sold over 65 million green cubic meters of wood chips into North ASIA. He is considered most knowledgeable in the global export woodchip market. David is a regular speaker at both RISI international and Dana Woodchip conferences. Note: Separate registration is essential and numbers are limited.
The provisional program will continue to be updated.
A free Farm Forestry Toolbox workshop is also being offered to conference delegates who are farmers and forest managers on Thursday 27th October in Launceston. Both new and existing users will benefit from 'hands on' training provided by software developer Adrian Goodwin. Details are at Farm Forestry Toolbox Workshop.
Closing Keynote: Professor Ted Lefroy, Director of the Centre for Environment, University of Tasmania
Ted Lefroy studied agricultural science and worked for 15 years as an agronomist and farm advisor in both Australia and Papua New Guinea. He then embarked on a research career focused on improving the environmental sustainability and nature conservation value of farming systems.
He has held research positions with the Western Australian Department of Agriculture, the University of Western Australia, CSIRO and the University of Tasmania where he is currently Director of the Centre for Environment, a role Ted has held since 2005.
Ted’s scientific and practical contributions to farm land and landscape management are internationally recognised. He was the outstanding speaker at the Closing Plenary Session of the Launceston 2006 AFG Conference and in 2016 he will again expertly present a synthesis of the presentations – this will be a closing conference highlight for delegates.
More information on the themes will be available soon.
Abstract, paper and poster submission
Paper and poster abstract submission opened in January 2016, first round due 31 March 2016, second round due 31 May 2016. Completed papers to be received by 31 July 2016 (or later by negotiation).
To submit an abstract and nominate a session theme follow this link to submit an abstract. Emerging conference session themes are;
A. Investment (Why Invest in Forestry?)
B. Sustainability & Environment
C. Forest Growth & Productivity
D. Research, Innovation and Commercialisation
Papers and presentations will include information, examples and case studies on economic, environmental and forest management practices to helps delegates Making the Right Choice in their forestry enterprises.
Submit a paper
Submit a poster
Registrations are now open.
Early bird registration discount will close in 31 August 2016.
The full conference registration (GST inclusive) includes; attendance at the; Policy Forum, Welcome Function, Conference Sessions and lunches, Conference Dinner, full day Field Tours and half day Field Trips. The Business Breakfast must be booked separately and numbers are limited. The fees are indicative and subject to confirmation.
|Student (Conference Sessions and full day field tours)||$330||$440|
|Student (Single day Conference Sessions only)||$110||$110|
|Welcome Function only (Food & beverages)||$75||$75|
|Business Breakfast (Hot breakfast)||$35||$35|
|Conference Dinner only (Dinner & beverages)||$137||$137|
|Pre Conference Tour|
|Pre Conference Tour per person (single)||$1475|
|Pre Conference Tour per person (twin share)||$1275|
Online registrations to the pre conference tour, the full conference or any part are now open.
Pre Conference Tour
Hobart to Launceston - Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22 October 2016
The outstanding pre Conference tour provides participants with an excellent opportunity to visit both leading forestry enterprises and tourist icons across the state.
The five day tour program incorporates a cross section of world leading sustainable forest industry in Tasmania and some relaxing stops to enjoy the unique Tasmanian landscape.
Starting in Hobart, the tour spends the first day in the Southern Forest visiting the Forest Heritage Centre at Geeveston, Tahune Air Walk, Southwood Sawmill and Rotary Veneer Mill.
The second day the tour heads north through the Derwent Valley past the Norske Skog Pulp, then visit the fascinating wood carvings at Derwent Bridge, in the central highlands and lunch at Lake St Clair National Park.
On the third day you will visit the innovative Hydro Wood operation on Lake Pieman where Specialty timbers including Huon Pine, Sassafras and Myrtle as well as Eucalyptus and Blackwood have laid dormant on the floor of the Pieman River Dam on Tasmania’s rugged West Coast since the 50 kilometre site was flooded in the 1970s. Now, these sought after timbers are set to be sustainably salvaged for use by furniture designers, woodworkers as well as in high-end residential and commercial construction.
The tour will visit the North West of the of the state on the fourth day and include tours of Forico eucalypt nursery, Speciality Veneers sliced veneer plant, Forico Surrey Hills woodchip mill and Forico Surrey Hills eucalypt plantations.
The last day of the tour will visit the Wynwood sawmill to look at sawn timber produced from logs salvaged by Hydro Wood, lunch at Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden and enjoy a tour of the 11 hectare site with over 22,000 rhododendrons from throughout the world. The tour will wind up with a stop at Roger Poltock property at Wilmot; this excellent example of private forestry on a high rainfall, fertile site will be an excellent way to finish the tour. The tour will travel along the North coast to Launceston where tour members will be dropped off at their accommodation.
Note: Tour fee includes accommodation and dinner on 17th October 2016 also breakfast on 18th October 2016 at Best Western Balmoral Motor Inn 511 Brooker Ave, Glenorchy TAS 7010
Sponsors & Exhibitors
An attractive range of sponsorship opportunites are available to suit sponsors both large and small. Each sponsor offer, irrespective of amount, will be considered as will ‘off schedule’ sponsor offers. The Conference aims exceed sponsor expectations.
Showcase your product, services or information in an exhibition space prominently located in the generous conference foyer which is the hub of the Conference.
Information on sponsorship prospectus and exhibitor offer are now available:
The Conference gratefully acknowledges the following:
Forico’s forest management team are strongly focused on supply chain management in an environment prioritising people and environmental performance. Forico’s management team have a depth of experience rarely equalled in today’s natural resource sector, in some individual instances over 40 years. Our management program focuses on optimising growth in our tree crops whilst minimising impact on our natural values and communities in which we operate. Forico invests in globally competitive tree breeding science to deliver customers with premium forest products and maintain Australia’s competitive edge in a global market.
FWPA support research and development that promotes internationally competitive and environmentally sustainable practices. We promote activities that enhance employment opportunities and contribute to growing Australia’s reputation as an innovative producer of high-quality forest and wood products.
The Haifa Australia team works closely with growers to provide tailored solutions for their specific needs, alongside with professional support. Haifa Australia is active in introducing the Australian farmers to the fertigation concept – the way water soluble nutrients combined with correct irrigation can save money, increase yield, and improve production quality.
- Timber exports from Australia and New Zealand
- Forest management services
- Management of all aspects of the supply from grower to end user
SFM offers fence to fence management of commercial forestry estates, harvesting logistics solutions, market options and independent advice to a wide range of forest based projects.
Timber Processors & Exporters Office
286 Second River Road
Lilydale TAS 7268
Office Phone: (03) 6395 1501
Mobile Service: 0448 512 706
Fax: (03) 6395 1502
For more than 32 years, we have delivered skills advisory services to government and industry across Australia. We have also provided workforce development advice to enterprises across regional and metropolitan areas.
ADAMA's purpose is “Creating Simplicity in Agriculture” – striving to provide farmers accessible, easy-to-use solutions that simplify their lives and improve their crop yields.
The company has been offering advice and delivering a wide range of agricultural products and services to Tasmanian clients since 1976. Serve-Ag is about people and science. Innovation and strong relationships underpin reliable supply of products, agricultural technology, research and advice to agribusiness clients across a range of industries.
Arthur Lyons, Conference Convenor
Mobile : 0419 000 630
Sarah Paradice, Executive Officer
Australian Forest Growers
PO Box 351 Jamison Centre Macquarie ACT 2614
Phone 02 6248 9168