Former minister joins Tasmanian Forest Products Association

by | Apr 26, 2024

A former minister in the Hodgman and Gutwein governments, Sarah Courtney, has been named the independent chair of the Tasmanian Forest Products Association (TFPA).

After a successful three-year tenure from Inaugural Chair Bryan Hayes, Ms Courtney says she is eager to guide the TFPA in the coming years, reported Timberbiz.

Following the announcement, outgoing acting-Chair Shawn Britton acknowledged the wealth of experience Ms Courtney brings to the role.

“Sarah has considerable experience, including in the areas of governance, management, agriculture, aquaculture, finance, stakeholder management, public policy, and small business. She is ideally placed to continue the great work of the TFPA,” Mr Britton said.

“In an industry traditionally dominated by men, it is pleasing we can now have a strong female voice representing our businesses. Having her lead the association shows the modern forestry industry is shedding off the reputation of its past.”

Ms Courtney said she is ready to represent the forest industry across all aspects of the Tasmanian business and political arenas.

“The TPFA and the Tasmanian forestry industry are well respected on both sides of the chamber in Tasmanian politics,” Ms Courtney said.

“I am excited to be able to assist these great Tasmanian businesses continue to grow our economy and our communities. Tasmanian forestry employs over 5,500 people across the state, is a key driver in the Tasmanian economy, and integral in Tasmania meeting its bold climate change goals,” she said.

Ms Courtney will begin her tenure as the TFPA Chair immediately, representing and promoting all aspects of the forestry value chain.