18 April 2017
A new state-of-the-art radial timber mill will be opening in Gippsland this month and is set to boost both productivity for the mill and jobs for the region.
Chris McEvoy, managing director of Radial Timber Australia said that the new mill opening in Yarram is a first of its kind in the world. READ MORE
10 March 2016
A fence is being placed around a harvested area in the Strathbogies State forest to protect the newly planted seedlings from being eaten by wild deer.
It is expected that the fence will result in some restrictions to access so a number of entry points will be made available to reduce any impacts to the public. READ MORE
3 March 2016
Hundreds of forestry professionals will come together to talk about safety in forestry at the Forest Industry Safety Summit to be held this month in Melbourne.
VicForests is a principle sponsor of this biennial event which will focus on the way people, culture, technologies and systems can help improve the safety of workers within the forestry industry. READ MORE
28 February 2017
VicForests is seeking comment from local community members on its proposed Timber Utilisation Plan (formally Wood Utilisation Plan) relating to small-scale timber harvesting operations across Victoria.
The community consultation period begins on 20 February 2017 and runs through to 24 March 2017.
8 February 2017
Legal costs relating to a dispute between VicForests and an East Gippsland environment group have been settled out of court with each party paying their own expenses.
This settlement follows an offer made by the environment group in January to discontinue the legal proceedings which related to harvesting on three sites in East Gippsland. READ MORE
3 February 2017
VicForests has completed a timber harvesting operation in the Strathbogie State forest.
VicForests’ General Manager Stakeholders and Planning, Lachlan Spencer, said the operation was completed without complications and the site will now begin regenerating. READ MORE
17 January 2017
Some of Australia’s leading woodchoppers are making the trip to East Gippsland to be part of the Marlo Woodchop this month.
It will be game on for world champion woodchopper Glen Gillam this Saturday with rising stars Andrew Kelly and Vinny Williams taking him on for a chance at the state title in standing block. READ MORE
9 January 2017
Tim McBride, wildlife conservation expert, has recently joined VicForests as the new Biodiversity Conservation Research Manager.
Tim has been working in the forestry industry for more than 22 years with a strong focus in forest ecology and wildlife conservation. READ MORE
9 January 2017
VicForests has donated Ash and Acacia timber to the Eildon and District Woodworkers Guild/Alexandra Community Shed to support their local wood craft activities.
The Eildon and District Woodworkers Guild are a community group in Alexandra which are part of the Australian Men’s Shed Association that looks after men’s health in regional communities.
3 January 2017
VicForests has welcomed an offer by an environment group to discontinue legal proceedings relating to harvesting on three sites in East Gippsland. Harvesting operations had been suspended on the sites pending the outcome of the proceedings brought by the environment group.
15 December 2016
VicForests has successfully extended its certification to the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) to include community forestry operations in western Victoria.
Nathan Trushell, Acting CEO VicForests, said that this is the first time VicForests has sought certification for its community forestry operations. (More).
23 November 2016
The Strathbogie State Forest has been providing local employment to residents for over 100 years.
The work VicForests do is sustainable and the area being harvested in this region this year is only 0.1% of the total Strathbogies forest. (More)
4 November 2016
The timber harvesting operation that was postponed in the Strathbogie State forest due to wet weather have now been rescheduled.
General Manager Planning, Lachlan Spencer, said the operation will be undertaken using the single-tree selection harvesting method. (More)
2 November 2016
VicForests is seeking comment from local community members on proposed changes to the Timber Release Plan (TRP).
VicForests Acting CEO, Nathan Trushell, said any amendment to the Timber Release Plan would not change the overall level of harvesting. (More)
27 October 2016
VicForests achieved its best ever full-year operating result of $6.8 million for the 2015/16 Financial Year and a net profit after tax of $3.4 million.
Robert Green, CEO of VicForests said “This is the fourth consecutive year we have returned a profit and as a result at 30 June 2016 we were completely debt free as an organisation. (More)
18 October 2016
The timber harvesting operations that were planned to begin in the Strathbogie State forest in September have been postponed due to wet weather.
Nathan Trushell, General Manager Planning VicForests said that significant rain over the past four to six weeks has delayed the start of harvesting. (More)
14 October 2016
A family of Woodchopping champions from regional Victoria took home an impressive 23 ribbons at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show.
For almost 70 years now, the Meyers have been competing and making a name for themselves in woodchop events all around Australia and the world. Brad Meyer, contractor for VicForests, said that wood-chopping has become a proud family tradition. (More)
11 October 2016
VicForests CEO Robert Green announced on Friday 7 October that he will be leaving VicForests to pursue a career opportunity in New Zealand.
Mr Green will be taking on a position as CEO of Kaingaroa Timberland in New Zealand, one of the world’s oldest and largest softwood plantations. He will remain with VicForests until the end of November 2016. (More)
21 September 2016
Two rare and threatened Spot-tailed Quolls have been discovered in the Bendoc region in East Gippsland. The detections are only the second time the species has been found in over five years of VicForests pre-harvest surveys.
Spot-tailed Quolls are the largest carnivorous marsupial on mainland Australia, they are easily identified by their brown coats, with conspicuous white spots over their body and tail. The species is currently classified as endangered on mainland Australia. (More)
20 September 2016
A team of pack mules and horses have become the first in history to take part in a VicForests seeding operation in the Acheron.
In a pioneering move by Vic Forests contractors ‘Timberwolf’, this equine team was engaged to help carry the thousands of seedlings required to replant an area of forest that had been recently harvested for timber. (More)
14 September 2016
A low intensity timber harvesting operation will begin in the Strathbogies state forest. The operation will use the single-tree selection harvesting method, which has been chosen as a result of discussions between VicForests and the local community that have taken place over a number of years. (More)
VicForests grant supports Cann River classes for children
09 September 2016
Cann River Community Centre received a grant as a part of VicForests’ Community Support Program that will enable them to continue their arts and crafts classes for children.
The Community Centre runs a series of activities for children aged as young as four and has recently been struggling from a lack of financial assistance. (More)
Wood Encouragement Policy welcomed in East Gippsland
09 September 2016
VicForests welcomes the news that East Gippsland Shire Council’s Wood Encouragement Policy was unanimously adopted by councillors at a Council meeting in August.
East Gippsland Shire Council is the ninth Council to adopt this policy in Australia and the second regional Council in Victoria alongside Latrobe City Council. (More)
VicForests staff recognised for bravery as fire season nears
06 September 2016
As experts predict another difficult fire season, the VicForests staff who bravely battled the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires have been publically recognised.
The 50 staff members from VicForests, both past and present, who fought against the fires were recently presented with the National Emergency Medal at a special commemorative ceremony. (More)
Sustainable native forestry is the economically viable option in Victoria - VicForests opinion piece
29 July 2016
People connect to trees and forests on an emotional level. Beyond the fundamental role they play in providing the air we breathe, forests are often viewed as the gateway to nature and we feel the need to protect them from threats both man-made and natural.
This emotional connection can led to misconceptions about our native timber industry and the important roles forests also play in meeting our demand for wood products. (More)
Timber Release Plan Community Consultation Period
26 July 2016
VicForests is seeking comment from local community members on its proposed changes to the Timber Release Plan relating to timber harvesting operations in North East Victoria, West Gippsland and East Gippsland regions.
The community consultation period begins on July 26 and runs through to August 19 2016.
In conjunction with its public consultation process, VicForests are consulting closely with the Forest Industry Taskforce about the next Timber Release Plan. (More)
19 July 2016
The Noojee and District Historical Society will be upgrading its facilities as a result of a three year sponsorship from VicForests as part of its annual Community Support Program.
The Noojee and District Historical Society runs a historical and educational facility that showcases the culture and industry of Noojees history by maintaining and reconstructing historical sites. (More)
Investing in the future of regional Victoria
15 July 2016
Over $5 million dollars is being invested into the Victorian timber industry by local businesses which will boost regional economic growth and provide job security in rural areas.
The majority of the investment has come from three VicForests’ regional customers, however, there has also been significant support via a range of Local, State and Federal Government grants aimed at supporting regional communities. (More)
VicForests grant supports Warragul Opportunity Shop
14 July 2016
VicForests has provided funding to Baw Baw Combined Churches Food Relief to support their Opportunity Shop through a Community Support Program grant.
Baw Baw Combined Churches Food Relief recently opened an Opportunity Shop in Warragul to raise money for their food relief program and sought funding to promote the shop to the broader community in its early stages. (More)
Timber harvesting in Victoria’s Central Highlands worth $573 million annually
11 July 2016
A newly released study has found timber harvesting in Victoria’s native forests north-east of Melbourne generates $573 million worth of economic activity each year.
The study was undertaken by Deloitte Access Economics (DAE) and focussed specifically on the Central Highlands Regional Forest Agreement area which covers 623,000 hectares of public land to the north-east of Melbourne. (More)
Bush track closures in Alberton West
27 June 2016
Four off road bush tracks in the Alberton West State forest will be temporarily closed as a result of forest thinning operations from 15 July to 1 October 2016. (More)
Keeping Forestry Sustainable in East Gippsland
20 June 2016
VicForests has provided the community with more information about future timber supply to mills in East Gippsland.
Nathan Trushell said timber resources available in the region have reduced substantially as a result of bushfires, increases to the reserve system and improvements in the way sustainable yields are determined. (More)
Sustaining the Native Timber Industry for Five Generations
16 June 2016
Family has always been an integral part of the A.G Brown Sawmill.
Five generations have worked in the Victorian native hardwood industry for almost 100 years and seven of the 55 current staff at the sawmill are members of the Brown family. (More)
VicForests congratulates the Alexandra Truck Ute and Rod Show on 20 years
12 June 2016
VicForests congratulates the organisers of the Alexandra Truck, Ute and Rod Show on celebrating the events 20th birthday.
Nathan Trushell, General Manager Stakeholders and Planning said VicForests’ ongoing sponsorship of the Show is designed to help support the community which has been a timber town for over a hundred years. (More)
VicForests Community Support Program open for applications
2 June 2016
VicForests is inviting not for profit community groups and services to apply for a grant as part of its 2016 Community Support Program, before the deadline of Friday, 10 June. (More)
Greater Glider habitat protected in East Gippsland
18 May 2016
A 100 hectare Special Protection Zone will be created to protect habitat for a population of Greater Gliders found in an area where timber harvesting was taking place in East Gippsland. (More)
Koondrook’s vibrant timber industry to feature on Channel Seven
10 May 2016
The team from Channel Seven’s Going Bush recently visited the Arbuthnot Saw Mill in Koondrook to learn more about VicForests’ community forestry operations. (More)
VicForests is looking after safety
28 April 2016
VicForests achieved two significant safety achievements in March that are paving the way towards the goal of zero harm. (More)
World Champion Woodchop at AusTimber
12 April 2016
VicForests sponsored an event for Australia’s most skilled woodchoppers this year at AusTimber.
The event has attracted many state, nation-wide and international woodchopping champions including Laurence O’Toole, the world champion in Underhand and Standing divisions. (More)