TIMBER UPDATE February 2024

by | Feb 29, 2024

620 years of collective service revisit Hyne

Front Row L-R: David Lightbody, Carol McDougall, Wayne Hay, Paul Robinson, Yvonne Loveday, Ian Harvey, Noel Puller, Chris Hyne, Kevin Davies, Chris Robertson. Second Row L-R: James Hyne, Terry Baker, David Bennetts, Mal Katchel, Dale Green, Jon Kleinschmidt, Russ Smith, Angela Pappin, John McDonald, Brian Sellke, Kelly Hyne, Dave McInnes.
Front Row L-R: David Lightbody, Carol McDougall, Wayne Hay, Paul Robinson, Yvonne Loveday, Ian Harvey, Noel Puller, Chris Hyne, Kevin Davies, Chris Robertson. Second Row L-R: James Hyne, Terry Baker, David Bennetts, Mal Katchel, Dale Green, Jon Kleinschmidt, Russ Smith, Angela Pappin, John McDonald, Brian Sellke, Kelly Hyne, Dave McInnes.

Eighteen retired Hyne team members recently came together to reminisce while touring through Hyne’s Glue Laminated Timber Plant and Tuan Sawmill near Maryborough.

Collectively, the group represented approximately 620 years of service, with one retiree, Kev Davies, having served for 50 years. Host and fifth-generation Hyne family member, James Hyne, said it was a real pleasure to take the group through the operations and acknowledge the many changes, improvements, and efficiencies over the years.

“Having worked in the company myself for over forty years, I have worked with all these retirees and enjoy keeping in contact,” James said.

“I see many of them around Maryborough and it was in conversation with Glue Laminated Timber plant retiree [of 37 years], Dale Green, that he informed me he had never in his life been to our Tuan Mill.”

“This got us talking about arranging a full tour of both Glulam and Tuan and getting many of the long-serving retirees together,” James said.

L-R: Yvonne Loveday, Angela Pappin, Chris Robertson and John McDonald.

The group enjoyed a BBQ lunch while all sorts of tales were shared.

“In addition to the social catch-up, the new continuous drying kiln at Tuan and the new automated glue laminated timber plant with huge press, and timber structure, were certainly highlights of the tour that most attendees had not seen before,” James said.

Rachael Halley, Glulam Site Support Officer, said the tour made her day.

“It was so lovely to see them all and it shows how long I have been around, as I knew every single one of them and admit I shed a few tears saying goodbye to them.”

Hearing about Hyne ‘back in the day’ and sharing stories, for existing team members as well as retirees further added value to the workplace for everyone. With several long-standing retirees unable to be contacted, Hyne Timber intends to host similar tours as well as more opportunities for social interaction.

To register your interest contact Hyne Timber directly on (03) 9930 5700.


Federal Court rules to uphold NSW Regional Forestry Agreement 

Forestry Australia and the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) have welcomed the Federal Court’s decision to dismiss a challenge on the validity of the New South Wales North-East Regional Forest Agreement (RFA). 

AFPA New South Wales Chief Executive Officer, James Jooste, said it is a vindication that sustainable native forestry operations in New South Wales are well governed by the federal-state regulatory framework.

“The Federal Court decision is a vindication for the sector and the contribution it makes to the economy, environment, communities and society in New South Wales, Australia, and internationally. It is also a message to activists that the RFA framework stands, and the native forestry sector has a right to operate without their irresponsible legal meddling in the daily lives of timber workers and their families.”

“The decision is also a major win for the climate, easing cost of living pressures and sovereign capability with so many renewable, sustainable, and essential products created by the New South Wales native forestry sector,” he said.

The New South Wales native hardwood forestry industry is worth $1.8 billion to the economy and employs 9,000 people. For generations, they have provided a sustainable industry that selectively harvests forests for timber and fibre and manufactures it into high-grade construction timber, decking, furniture and other products.

“I call on the Minns Government to continue recognising the importance of native forestry to the state and to work with us as plans progress for a Great Koala National Park on North Coast. Without the sector, we face a future of more timber and wood fibre imports from countries without Australia’s high regulatory standards, fewer quality job opportunities in our regions, increased cost of living and a stalled progression on emissions reduction,” Mr Jooste said.

“The industry will now continue to get on with the job it is there to do. By providing sustainably sourced products that are essential for our way of living, while making sure our regions continue to be vibrant places to live,” Mr Jooste said.

Forestry Australia President, Dr Michelle Freeman, has also welcomed the Federal Court’s Decision to uphold the Regional Forest Agreement in New South Wales.

“Common sense has prevailed, native forestry can have a strong future in Australia,” Dr Freeman said.

“Forest managers, growers, scientists and workers will breathe a sigh of relief that the challenge by the North East Forest Alliance to the Regional Forest Agreement covering North Coast New South Wales native timber harvesting operations has been dismissed.”

“Our Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs), time and time again, have proven to be a successful way of sustainably managing Australia’s forests for all their values, and the Federal Court has confirmed this today.”

Dr Freeman said that in public native forests that are available for timber harvesting, RFAs have protections in place for conservation and heritage. This adaptable multi-layered approach ensures key forest types and biodiversity are managed and conserved across the landscape.

“The findings of the Federal Court confirm that RFAs achieve what they set out to do, with Justice Perry confirming the Court’s view that the RFAs provide an alternative mechanism through which the objectives of the national environmental laws can be achieved through a rigorous framework agreed by State and the Federal governments,” Dr Freeman said.

“It is clear, that RFAs strike the right balance between the sustainable harvesting of timber, and providing rigorous environmental protections. Our forestry sector, its workers, families and communities that depend on it, can now move on with certainty in their future.”

“Importantly, Australia’s entire forestry sector can keep on doing what it does best; sustainably managing our forests for their environmental, social, cultural and economic values,” Dr Freeman concluded.