Plantation Forestry Forum
More than 200 people attended a Plantation Forestry Forum I convened at Woodenbong Golf Club last month.
I called the forum in response to concerns expressed to me regarding the collapse of Forest Enterprises Australia (FEA) and its local plantations.
There were certainly grave concerns expressed by those attending from the local community, including business owners, land owners, neighbours of FEA leased properties and investors.
Many were frustrated having been left in limbo after losing an income source and because they could not move forward. The loss of income has made it very difficult for a number of families and enterprises.
On hand to answer questions from the community were representatives from Southern Cross University including Professor of Sustainable Forestry and Head of the School of Environmental Science and Management Jerry Vanclay, Social Researcher in Forestry Andrea Leas, Forest Silviculturalist Kevin Glencross and Wood Scientist Graeme Palmer, as well as FEA's Chris Barnes.
The meeting itself wasn't about finding solutions on the night but rather provided an opportunity to listen to and have community concerns aired.
As a result of the meeting, I will now lead a deputation representing contractors, growers, investors and the progress association to meet with the receivers and administrators as soon as possible.
Kyogle Amateur Swimming Club
Kyogle Amateur Swimming Club chalked up 75 years of operation last month.
To commemorate the milestone, a day of celebrations was enjoyed by many a present and past club member on September 18. There was morning tea at the Kyogle Swimming Pool followed by a dedication ceremony for the late Kay Elliott (nee. Heyman) and later a smorgasbord dinner held at the Kyogle Bowling Club.
Deb and I were pleased to be part of the celebrations and wish to thank Jack McDonough and his committee for organising the day's events.
Centenary celebrations for Urbenville Public School
Also celebrating a major milestone last month was Urbenville Public School.
The school turned 100 this year and past and present staff and students celebrated the centenary with activities including a float procession, official ceremony and supper dance on the weekend 18 and 19 September.
Deb and I thank and congratulate principal Anna Starvevic and the committee for the kind invitation to be involved in such a momentous occasion.
Timber tales launched
It was a pleasure to be at the launch of a new book, Ramblings of the Timber Industry, at the Kyogle Memorial Hall on 25 September.
The book, which was researched and compiled by Doug, Pam and Jason Campbell, provides an historical account of the lives and times of early timber workers in our region.
Copies are available from the Kyogle & District Historical Society or by calling Pam and Doug Campbell on 6632 1682 or Elaine McLean on 66321 672. Cost $120.