TABMA members to ‘shape the future’ of timber industry at 80-year Conference

by | Apr 23, 2021

TABMA Australia will soon bring together the timber industry community in the picturesque Hunter Valley to ‘honour the past, treasure the present and shape the future’ during its inaugural National Conference, from June 16 to 18 2021.

Taking place at the Oaks Cypress Lakes in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, the 2021 TABMA National Conference will not only be a celebration of TABMA’s 80th year in the industry, but also an opportunity for the industry to come together to learn, share and strengthen for years to come. 

Daytime sessions will focus on ‘shaping the future’, with keynote speaker and ‘Next Gen Expert’, Claire Madden providing her valuable knowledge into Generation Z and giving attendees practical skills on how to understand and manage this generation moving forward. 

TABMA Timber Industry speaker Claire Madden
‘Next Gen Expert’, Claire Madden, will offer attendees practical skills on how to understand and manage Generation Z.

The next generation coming through the workforce are our future leaders, TABMA’s Chief Executive Officer, David Little said recently. 

“We need to understand them (Generation Z) in order to enable us to support their career growth within our industry,” Mr Little said.

TABMA CEO David Little said it is important to understand the next generation coming through the workforce as they will be our future leaders.

Key breakout sessions will run throughout the conference and will cover important workforce issues that align with TABMA’s long-term advocacy plans including attracting employees, retaining employees and keeping employees safe.

The final plenary session of the conference will be an inspirational session with explorer and story teller, Justin Jones, who will take the audience on a ‘journey of crossing the ditch’. Throughout his presentation, Justin is expected to deliver a powerful lesson on teamwork, risk mitigation, grit, resilience, leadership, trust and communication. 

Explorer and story teller, Justin Jones, will speak at TABMA’s upcoming conference.

TABMA’s Gala dinner will also see past members honoured throughout the event, while present members will also be treasured through the announcement and recognition of timber industry icons, the recognition of 2021 TABMA Member of The Year Andrew Bone, as well as the announcement of Trainee and Apprentice of the Year Award. 

TABMA’s General Manager of Membership Services, Alicia Oelkers said for the past 80 years TABMA members have helped shape the rich history in timber and building materials industry.

“We want the conference to be a chance to honour members past and present who have been an integral part of our industry, and celebrate the future industry leaders, our trainees and apprentices. We look forward to welcoming the industry at this rare celebration and hope we can challenge people’s thinking so they can take the very best back to their businesses and shape a sustainable future workforce for us all,” Ms Oelkers said.

TABMA’s General Manager of Membership Services, Alicia Oelkers TABMA members have helped shaped the rich history in timber for the past 80 years.

As part of the conference, TABMA will also hold a Women in Forest and Timber Network Breakfast (WFTN) in order to connect ladies in the industry.

The final day of the conference has been set aside primarily for recreational activities and will see attendees enjoy a range of optional activities including sunrise hot air balloon rides, 18-hole championship golf course, wine and cheese tour and/or time spent at a luxurious day spa. 

To join the celebration, visit or contact Alica Oelkers on 0418 449 031

For further information, please contact Alicia Oelkers from TABMA Australia on 0418 449 031 or email