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  • AFG 2016 Biennial National Conference

    AFG 2016 Biennial National Conference

    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...

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  • AUSTRALIAN FOREST GROWERS

    AUSTRALIAN FOREST GROWERS

    The Australian Forest Growers (AFG) is the national association representing
    private forestry and commercial treegrowing interests in Australia.

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    WHAT DOES AFG OFFER?

    AFG is the only national organisation representing and promoting
    the interests of private forestry and farm tree growers.

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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
National President
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...

Organising Committee

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


Past Conferences

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’.


Key dates

January 2016
Call for abstracts and papers

April 2016
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
Conference


Venue

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. 

Transport services

Shuttle buses, taxis and hire cars are available at the Launceston Airport 15 minutes from Launceston CBD. Launceston Airtport

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Accommodation

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.


Latest News - Conference Brochure, Media Releases

Please see link to latest news and information in the Conference Brochure.

Please also see links to Conference related media releases:

Conference Launch

Conference Themes

 Program

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.


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 Six full day field tours, complemented by two separate speciality half day field trips, will be the highlight for many delegates. 

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.


Ted 24 Apr 15

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

When your abstract is accepted, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to submit your paper.

Submit a poster

Poster Boards will be available. please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to submit your poster.


Register

Registrations are now open.

Register Today

Early bird registration discount will close in 31 August 2016.

Registration fees

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.

Registration Early Bird Standard
Conference    
AFG member $690 $880
Non-Member $880 $1,100
Speakers $550 $550
Student (Conference Sessions and full day field tours) $330 $440
Student (Single day Conference Sessions only) $110 $110
     
Conference Events    
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.

Register Today


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

Opportunities

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:

Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors

The Conference gratefully acknowledges the following:

 

Forico

Forico

As Tasmania’s largest private forestry management company, Forico Pty Limited represents the transition into a new era of plantation forestry in Tasmania.

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.

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Private Forests Tasmania

Private Forests Tasmania

Private Forests Tasmania (PFT) was established in 1994 as a statutory authority under the Private Forests Act 1994, with governance responsibilities that recognise the economic, environmental and social importance of Tasmania's private forests. Private Forests Tasmania has a Board of Directors who are appointed for their practical knowledge, industry, commercial and technical expertise in forestry and report to the Minister for Resources. The Board oversees strategic direction, and a staff of permanent and fixed-term officers undertakes the functions of the authority. Staff are located in Camdale, Hobart and Launceston.

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Smart Fibre

Smart Fibre

SMARTFIBRE is situated on 2.5 hectares, strategically located adjacent to the Bell Bay Port on the eastern bank of the Tamar River, approximately 45 km north of Launceston. The mill is located within the Bell Bay Major Industrial Zone and benefits from limited operating restrictions and is able to operate 24 hours per day. The SMARTFIBRE site consists of a log yard, a diesel powered wood chipper, a concrete outside chip stockpile (OCS) with reclaim and a conveyor belt which links directly to the Bell Bay Port infrastructure.

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Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited

Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited

Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited (FWPA) is a not-for-profit company that provides national, integrated research and development services to the Australian forest and wood products industry. FWPA are committed to helping the forest and wood products industry to be collaborative, innovative, sustainable and competitive against other industries and products available in the marketplace.

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.

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources develops and implements policies and programmes to ensure Australia's agricultural, fisheries, food and fore​stry indust​ries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable, and supports the sustainable and productive management and use of rivers and water resources. We have over 4000 staff working in offices, airports, mail centres, shipping ports, laboratories and abattoirs; located in regional ​centres, rural communities and capital cities.

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NRM North
NRM North is one of three formally recognised regional natural resource management bodies in Tasmania and one of 56 across Australia. NRM North was established in March 2003 through a community-driven process in response to the Tasmanian Government’s Natural Resource Management Framework.

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Pentarch Forestry Services
Pentarch Forestry Australia strives to build relationships across the forestry sector, from forest owners through to end customers. Our key areas of activity include:
  • Timber exports from Australia and New Zealand
  • Forest management services
  • Management of all aspects of the supply from grower to end user

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IFARM
Independent Forest and Resource Management (IFARM) was founded in March 2015. IFARM provides a full suite of forest management services for both local forest owners and International investors. IFARM employs a group of professional and experienced staff that place a great deal of emphasis on providing an independent service that ensures the long term sustainable management of the resource. The company provides independent management services to private forest owners that optimise the management of their forest providing sustainable environmental, social, economic and cultural outcomes.
SFM Environmental Solutions Pty Ltd
SFM Environmental Solutions is a leading provider of independent certified forest management and forest consulting across Australia.

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.

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ARTEC Pty Ltd
ARTEC Pty Ltd
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
Tamar NRM
Tamar Natural Resource Management is an independent, not for profit sub-regional group. Our strength lies with forming partnerships with the community, all levels of Government, private industry and business. We have a strong history of landcare and grass-roots involvement in environmental, agricultural and urban issues in the Tamar Region.

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Forestworks
ForestWorks supports the development of the forest, wood, paper and timber products industries and the people who work in them.

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.

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Incitec Pivot Fertilisers
Incitec Pivot Fertilisers is a key supplier of Australia's soil health and nutrition needs, helping farmers maximise productivity to remain competitive in global markets. We partner with local distributors to provide farmers with an extensive distribution capability, exceptional customer service, innovative and high quality fertilisers and agronomic services. Incitec Pivot Fertilisers (IPF) provides more than 50 per cent of Australia's agricultural nutrient needs and plays an essential role in assisting farmers increase productivity.

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ADAMA Agricultural Solutions Ltd
ADAMA's comprehensive range of high-quality, differentiated and effective herbicides, insecticides and fungicides help farmers worldwide to increase yields by preventing or controlling weeds, insects and disease that harm their crops. With one of the world’s most extensive and diversified product portfolios, Adama sells its products in more than 100 countries, with 2015 revenues of $3.1 billion.

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.

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Jardine Lloyd Thompson
Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) is a leading global provider of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits related advice, brokerage and associated services. JLT is a wholly owned subsidiary of one of the larger European-headquartered insurance broking group, which is also one of the larger firms of its type in the world.

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Technical Forest Services
Technical Forest Services P/L (TFS) is capable of providing all your forest industry assessment, supervision and contracting needs. We boast a diverse range of staff from operational, academic, economic and technical forestry backgrounds. With decades of experience and many satisfied customers we are a preferred service provider for your forestry contracting needs. Currently based out of a central office in Launceston Tasmania, yet operating and servicing all of Australia. Initially we functioned primarily performing quality control/audits, field assessments/inventory and specialist equipment hire/use. We have taken this practical expertise and built upon it to become not only renowned for those previous mentioned operations, but also industry leaders and highly regarded in the areas of personnel and crew management/supervision, communication, problem solving/conflict management and large scale project management.
TP Jones & Co
TP Jones & Co has established itself as one of the premier independent rural retailers in the state. We are a privately owned Tasmanian business established in 1985. We are conveniently located at Youngtown in Launceston, Longford and Tas Ag Services in Campbell Town.

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Greening Australia
Greening Australia started conserving and restoring Australia's landscapes in 1982 and haven’t stopped since. With teams in 30 locations around the country and over 150 staff we’re a proudly independent not-for-profit organisation. Our team uses the latest science to guide what’s best for our landscapes and the people and wildlife that live in them.

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SERVE-AG
SERVE-AG is Tasmania’s leading agricultural advice and product supply company specialising in production agronomy and agricultural sustainability.

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.

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Contact us

Conference enquiries:

Arthur Lyons, Conference Convenor
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mobile : 0419 000 630

Sarah Paradice, Executive Officer
Australian Forest Growers
PO Box 351 Jamison Centre Macquarie ACT 2614
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone 02 6248 9168


 

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