TCA Member and Stakeholder Update June/July 2016

July 6, 2016

Known far and wide as TCA, Timber Communities Australia is a unique national network.

It supports and links up the collective voice for regional timber communities, and communities of interest, right across Australia. TCA links people from diverse places together by a common thread – their commitment to sustainable forestry activity underpinning healthy landscapes, healthy economies and healthy communities.

Click here for their latest update Timber Communities Australia or visit their website for more information.

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South Australia Food Industry Awards Program – Nominations Open

June 29, 2016

The 2016 South Australian Food Industry Awards Program is currently open – until Monday 11th July 2016.

The Food Industry Awards Program recognises and celebrates the achievements of the South Australian food industry. This prestigious Awards program also provides a great opportunity for businesses to increase their profile and showcase their success. Award categories include business excellence, innovation, primary production, sustainability and export.

Just by being involved, businesses receive two hours of FREE professional advice or coaching with a Food South Australia Service Provider. All finalists receive a confidential, independent feedback report and complimentary ticket to the Gala Dinner in November where winners are announced. Full details including eligibility criteria and individual award categories are available at

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TCA Young Community Ambassadors hit the bush capital

June 27, 2016

The bush capital was abuzz as four Timber Communities Australia Young Community Ambassadors arrived to start activities in Canberra on 1st June.

The six-month skills development program, led by TCA national coordinator Helen Murray, will equip the Young Ambassadors to take a lead, raise awareness and promote our industry in their own neck of the woods.

“TCA congratulates the first group of talented Young Community Ambassadors,” said Ms Murray.

They are:

Leilani Dawes from the Mt Lofty region of South Australia. She is interested in encouraging South Australia’s school children and others to appreciate the region’s forests better through recreational activities. Leilani studied conservation and biodiversity in Adelaide and appreciates where she lives and works for ForestrySA.

Michael Dent, originally from Mt Gambier, works in Victoria’s La Trobe valley plantation forests with HVP. He began studying architecture, graduated in forestry and is now doing a Masters of Business Administration. Concerned about low awareness, Michael wants to promote the environmental credentials of timber and interesting job opportunities along the supply chain to school students.

Roy Head is a fourth generation family member in Australian Solar Timbers, which manufactures premium flooring at Kempsey in northern NSW. A graduate in media and communications, he admires the unique qualities of the Australian native species timbers. Roy is Sydney based and his focus is to better inform the design and architecture community.

Matthew Randall from Albany in Western Australia, is a forester with the PF Olsen team. He loves working in the bush and his career in forestry began as a machinery operator. He is now undertaking forestry studies. Matthew is interested in the new opportunities for timber in the bio-economy and seeks to promote better understanding in the community.

A fifth Young Community Ambassador Allan Hoffman is based at Portland, Victoria, with his family’s Hoffman Forest Harvesting. He is keen to open school students eyes to career opportunities. Allan plans to join the next intake on account of his current work commitments.

The group kicked off with a day of round table discussion sessions. Thanks go to Rob de Fegely (Institute of Foresters Australia president and co-chair of the Forest Industry Advisory Council), Fabiano Ximenes (research scientist at NSW DPI), Ric Sinclair (managing director Forest and

Wood Products Australia), David Rowlinson (Planet Ark) and designer and craftsman Evan Dunstone (Dunstone Designs) for sharing their expertise with the Young Ambassadors.

The group had a great night of networking at the National Press Club dinner and pre-election federal politicians’ forestry industry debate run by the Australian Forest Products Association.

A media training day covered the importance of good preparation and having clear key messages. “The group is working with TCA to develop key messages to support community advocacy across the TCA network.”

The final social event was an informal dinner hosted by TCA chair Brenton Yon.

Thanks go to sponsoring partners Linx Finance, HVP, PF Olsen and Forestry SA for each supporting one place in our inaugural Young Community Ambassadors initiative. “Their commitment will help to develop a new generation of community voices,” said Ms Murray.

TCA also thanks all candidates who applied for the limited places. “We encourage everyone to continue their interest in raising community awareness about the industry.”


Media contact

Helen Murray (National Coordinator) ph. 0419-991-424 or

TCA Young Community Ambassadors unwind over dinner in Canberra. L to R: Helen Murray (TCA national coordinator), Roy Head (NSW), Michael Dent (Victoria), Brenton Yon (TCA chair), Matthew Randall (WA), Leilani Dawes (SA).

About Timber Communities Australia – TCA provides a voice for a national network of timber communities across Australia.

Media Release 10th June 2016

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Waste? Make Money, Save Money

May 31, 2016

Waste? Make Money, Save Money

The term ‘bio economy’ is being referenced across the globe, but what does it mean? Why is it important? How can we capitalise on the opportunities within the bio economy in the Limestone Coast region?

The bio economy is exciting and in broad terms comprises those parts of the economy that use renewable resources from the land and sea – such as crops, forests, fish and animals – to produce food, materials and energy. For regional areas, it offers the chance to create new value chains between sectors, revitalise rural and coastal areas and disused industrial sites and provide regional growth and jobs.


To address these issues, and unearth the full spectrum of bio economy topics, Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC), in partnership with The Department of Industry Innovation and Science, Office of Green Industries South Australia and the Limestone Coast Local Government Association (LCLGA) held an event bringing together leaders in bio based sector, with regional business and government organisations.

Read more about the bio economy in our booklet:

Waste? Make Money Save Money

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Paddock to Plate – How do your potatoes grow

May 31, 2016

Paddock to Plate – How do your potatoes grow?

Never under estimate the global love affair with potatoes. They’re versatile, they’re extremely healthy and they’re the number one vegetable crop in the world.

South Australia is a major producer of premium horticulture and recognised for its excellence in environmentally clean, safe and advanced agricultural production. Horticulture production generated $3 billion in revenue in 2014-15, with potatoes, citrus and almonds the largest of a vast range of fruit and vegetables produced in the State. South Australia’s fruit fry free and genetically modified free status is a key selling point to overseas export markets.

In 2015/2016 Regional Development Australia, in collaboration with Primary Industries and Regions SA and Potatoes SA produced a short film about how potatoes grow, from the paddock to the plate.

Potatoes are a key horticultural crop grown in the Limestone Coast Region. They are a cool season vegetable, which require a mild, frost free growing season, with regular rainfall or irrigation. South Australia is the largest producer of potatoes in the nation, with a value of $206M equating to 385,000T annually. The Limestone Coast produces 45% of these potatoes for the fresh, processing and seed sectors.

Watch the film Paddock to Plate – How do your potatoes grow? to find out more about this nutritious and versatile product.


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