New Timber Communities Australia (TCA) Chair, Brenton Yon, believes 2016 will be a defining year as TCA prepares to roll out new initiatives.
Mr Yon, National Sales Manager with Komatsu Forest, was elected Chair of the Board, following TCA’s Annual General Meeting in late 2015.
“The timber industry in Australia continues to make a remarkable recovery in many regions and remains a key part of regional and metropolitan communities across Australia,” Mr Yon said.
“The coming year is a defining period for Timber Communities Australia and we have the opportunity to build a bigger and better TCA on the back of new ideas, new initiatives and renewed enthusiasm.
“A strong TCA means a strong voice for grassroots timber communities around Australia and our Board is committed to ensuring new and existing members see the value membership provides.
“Membership growth is one of the organisation’s key aims in 2016 and we will be running different programs – aimed at helping members to build their skills and networks, as well as highlighting the important contribution our industry makes in local areas.
“One initiative TCA will be launching in 2016 is a ‘Young Ambassadors’ program which will foster the next generation of community voices within the industry and I look forward to providing more details about this program in the coming weeks.
“I thank all of our members for their continued support and encourage others working in the timber industry to consider joining TCA to help us maintain a strong and vibrant organisation,” he said.
Among the other board changes announced at the 2015 AGM were, Australian Forest Contractors Association General Manager, Stacey Gardiner was elected to an Affiliate Member position and has become vice-chair. Peter Rutherford was reelected to an Affiliate Member position. David Walsh from Victoria was elected to a Sponsor Member position, joining Tasmanian based James Shevlin, who was re-elected.
“I would like to thank outgoing Chair, Trevor Sargeant for his work with TCA following the organisation’s 2014 restructure. Trevor will focus on his role as coordinator of the NSW North Coast Task Force and I’m very pleased he will also remain an active TCA member,” Mr Yon said.
“Mrs Lexie Hurford did not stand for re-election at the recent AGM and I again thank Lexie for the contribution she had made over many years to both the ‘new’ TCA and its predecessor organisation.
“The TCA Board looks forward to continuing to play its role by serving to better the lives of our members and working closely with our industry across Australia,” he said.
Individual members interested in filling the casual TCA Board vacancy replacing Mr Sargeant are encouraged to contact Helen Murray on 0419 991 424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.