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    Changing the narrative

    In this industry we are no stranger to being in the media, whether it be local, regional, mainstream, online or social. The coverage we receive varies at best, and is not always positive. There are those who fundamentally disagree with what we do, and they are very vocal about it. In some sections of the […]

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    Getting out on the road…

    The heart and soul of this industry is its people, which is why I’m so delighted in getting out and visiting VAFI Members and seeing the great work they are doing. This week the VAFI team is out on the road visiting the North East region of the state. From Benalla to Wangaratta, through to […]

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    Tips for success

    ‘Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future’ John F. Kennedy Recently the VAFI Media & Communications Coordinator attended a webinar about the lessons for successful Public Relations (PR). After discussing how the organisation can be more proactive and interactive online, we discovered […]

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    Making forestry your next career

    The forest and wood products industry in Victoria is one of Australia’s largest and most diverse, providing a broad array of career opportunities in forest growing and management; harvesting and haulage; sawmilling and processing; pulp and paper manufacturing; engineered wood, panel and board production; and timber merchandising. Each of these sectors require people with strategic […]

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    Happy New Financial Year!

    Happy New Year. New Financial Year that is! Who can believe that we are now more than halfway through 2016? How are you keeping up? The race towards 30 June can be a stressful time for both businesses and individuals. Looking at budgets, getting finances in line – a seemingly never ending list of things to […]

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    How are we doing?

    For two and a half years now, The News Mill has been updating the forest and wood products industry each fortnight with the latest news and events. We believe that the time has come to ask the dreaded question: how are we doing? As the online environment changes, we need to change the way we […]

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    Forest Industry Taskforce update

    Friends, as we are now into June, it is important to further update you on the Forest Industry Taskforce (Taskforce). I urge you to read the following information, and please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss if needed. The Core Group has met regularly, deepening a shared understanding of the key areas of inquiry […]

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    Myth busting – Harvesting is not land clearing

    Unfortunately, misinformation leading to misreporting is something we see all too regularly in the forest and wood products industry. Much of what we read and see about our industry stems from a lack of awareness and/or flat out ignorance. One of the roles we play as the industry association in Victoria is helping to educate key stakeholders […]

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    Time for a health check

    It is that time of the year again; the days get shorter, and the temperature drops. It will soon be winter, and as we head into the colder months it is a timely reminder to check in and see how you are. If your life is anything like ours here at VAFI, it has been consistently busy […]

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    Forest Industry Taskforce

    In November the Victorian Government formally established the Forest Industry Taskforce and released the Terms of Reference. As you may be aware, the purpose of the Taskforce is for the major stakeholders to reach common ground on a durable, long-term set of recommendations and proposals to government, about future issues facing the industry, job protection, […]

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