AFPA Enews Friday 05 June 2020

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AFPA welcomes $688 million Homebuilder Program and calls on Australians to demand only Australian timber be used to build the dream Aussie home

On Thursday the Federal Government provided the details on its $688 million Homebuilder Program which will provide $25,000 grants for Australians building a new home and doing major renovations between now and Christmas.

AFPA distributed this media release welcoming the program, but encouraging those who take advantage of it to insist on Australian building materials being used, with CEO Ross Hampton saying:

"The key to making this package work for our whole community is for those thousands of purchasers to prioritise the use of local products – from aussie timber framing, to aussie windows, bricks and furnishings.”

Mr Hampton was also interviewed on the ACE Radio Network's Country Today program, about what the program will mean for the timber industries.
The interview can be downloaded and listened to here.

AFPA is encouraging everyone taking advantage of Homebuilder to demand only Australian building products.

Tasmanian government voices support for forest industries and the vital role it will play as it announces a state construction stimulus package

Tasmania's Minister for Primary Industries Guy Barnett has distributed this media release saying the state's timber industry will play a vital role rebuilding the economy with an accelerated construction program.

Mr Barnett said, "Tasmania has a world-class timber industry with a strong and comprehensive Forest Management System. The plans to build Tasmania back to the strongest economy in the nation will require top grade Tasmanian timber."

Mr Barnett's support comes as the Tasmanian Government announces a $3.1 billion construction stimulus, which will include $20,000 grants for new home builders and social housing construction.

Tasmanian Minister for Primary Industries Hon Guy Barnett.

SAFPA formation announced 

AFPA has distributed this media release in South Australia today to formally announce the formation of the South Australian Forest Products Association (SAFPA) and the rolling up of the SA branch of AFPA.

News Interview: Woolworths' Chinese paper bags 

Afther photos appeared of the new paper bags being offered in Woolworths Supermarkets had a made in China tag, AFPA CEO Ross Hampton appeared on Adelaide Radio 5AA to explain the capacity exists in Australia to produce them.

The interview can be listened to here.

The bottom of the Woolworths' paper bag, marked 'Made in China'.

News Story: Call for RFA review after Federal Court judgement 

The Guardian reports that there are increased calls for a review of the Regional Forest Agreements after last week's Federal Court judgement.

Last week the federal court found VicForests , breached a code of practice in its RFA.

The 'Friends of Leadbeaters' after last week's Federal Court judgement.

The Ultimate Renewable trademark gains international recognition

Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) has announced its brand The Ultimate Renewable™ has been named twice on the winners’ list for the 2020 International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Gold Quill Awards.

The organisers recognised FWPA’s entry ‘The Ultimate Renewable™ – Reframing Forestry in the Eyes of the Public’ in the Marketing, Advertising, and Brand Communication Category, with quills awarded by both IABC Victoria and IABC Asia-Pacific.

One of the "Ultimate Renewable" campaign ads.

IFA/AFG hosting virtual fire forum

The IFA/AFG has launched a new online forum titled: Virtual Fire Forum 2020: Applying Fire Science for a Brighter Future.
The forum is designed to unpackage the latest forest fire science and best practice forest fire management, and will discuss how we can adapt and respond to the challenges of a changing climate as well as catastrophic bushfires,

There will be three sessions over three days, : Tuesday 23; Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 June 2020 and they will run from 10.30 – 12.00 each day
Session One: Review of the 2019/2020 fire season
Tuesday 23 June 10:30am– 12:00pm
 Session Two: Emerging technologies & science to support fire management
Wednesday 24 June, 10:30am - 12:00pm
 Session Three: What can land and fire managers do in working towards meeting the national policy’s strategic objectives?
Thursday 25 June 10:30am – 12:00pm
Registration: (inc GST)
IFA/AFG member: $40
Non Member: $95
Student: $15
Please note:
- Registration will provide access to all three sessions
- Listen live or listen later: for those who cannot participate live in all or some of the sessions, everyone who registers for the virtual Fire Forum will receive a link to the recording
- When you register, please provide the email address that you will use to access the virtual forum.
You can register here.

Over 4,000 views for AFPA's tribute to health, food and forest industry workers

There's been over 4000 views of the video which is the centrepiece of AFPA's tribute to the health, food and forestry workers of Australia. If you haven't had a look yet please do, and also share with your friends and family.
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