Southern Wood Council update – Rural South

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Southern Wood Council is an industry grouping of companies sharing an interest in forestry based in Otago, Southland and South Canterbury. The current chair, Grant Dodson, believes it’s a great example of different arms of an industry working together for the common good. “It represents the industry where we have areas of commonality,” explains Grant. “An obvious one is health and safety, and training, but also regional planning, roading access, policy, the environment and those sorts of things.” Member companies include major forest owners such as New Zealand owned City Forest Limited, of which Grant is also the current CEO, … Read More

2021 Forestry Training and Success Celebrated in the South

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Last Friday saw again an outstanding turnout by local forestry companies, contractors and transport operators from throughout the lower South Island of New Zealand.  The function was the 2021 Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards. The Council, representing all major forest owners and wood processing companies in Otago and Southland ran the 2021 Awards programme in conjunction with the country’s industry training organisation, Competenz. In addition to profiling the contribution that forestry and those working within the industry are making to the economic and social well-being of the region, the night was really designed to celebrate the success of those that … Read More

Update to Forestry Careers Resources

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Forestry Careers is an important initiative designed to promote New Zealand forestry as an exciting career choice. The website is also a comprehensive starting point for anyone interested in forestry education, training and careers. It provides a wealth of information and directs you to other relevant websites and sources of information. We have added a couple of Forestry Careers adverts and videos to our Careers Section of the SWC website. Forestry Careers has also recently released a comprehensive booklet to help introduce people to forestry and outline the opportunities available. The booklet covers everything from genetics, nursery and silviculture, to … Read More

SWC describes forests amendment bill as ‘a lemon’

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Southern forestry groups are wary of an amendment that would attempt to control log market prices for the industry.  The Forests (Regulation of Log Traders and Forest Advisors) amendment bill would require compulsory registration of log traders and forestry advisors, and set up a Forestry Authority to make rules and regulations for forestry practice standards. So far it had reached a lot of opposition, with the majority of submissions against it.  The bill is sitting with the committee of whole house in parliament.  Southern Wood Council (SWC) chairman Grant Dodson said the bill was “a total lemon” that would create … Read More

SWC Forest Products Scholarship 2020

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University of Canterbury forestry student picks up major award A University of Canterbury forestry student has just received top forest industry honours with a major scholarship being awarded. This year’s Southern Wood Council (SWC) Scholarship has been awarded to Nic Melvin, a Bachelor of Forestry Science student, studying at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch. Nic, from a strong forestry and farming background in Dipton, Southland has also had long family history within the industry. Both sides of the family can trace their family history back to Southland’s early settlement way back in the 1860’s. His father has been a contract … Read More

SWC Awards 2020’s Guest Presenter: Simon McKinney

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The eagerly awaited 2020 Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards is quickly approaching. On Friday, 8 May 2020, the forestry industry from throughout the lower South Island will meet for an evening of celebration in Dunedin. It’s the one event clearly marked on everyone’s forestry calendar. We are pleased to announce that our guest speaker this year is one of NZ’s best headline comedians, the multi-talented Simon McKinney. Simons unique skills have seen him become recognized as New Zealand’s leading stand up impressionist and a much sought-after comedian for both live, touring and corporate performances. His impressions of TV celebrities, the … Read More

City Forests contribution to the region

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Forestry may be getting a bad rap lately particularly from the farming community, but there is no arguing with its returns. Brent Melville logged some time with City Forests this week, discovering a truly biodiverse, sustainable industry on Dunedin’s back door. City Forests is now well into logging its third generation of forests. The company, which has held forestry investments since 1906, will celebrate its 30th anniversary of being a subsidiary of Dunedin City Holdings next year.  Since coming under DCHL ownership, the forestry estate has contributed more than $225million to the council — a nice round 1000% on the initial investment … Read More

Nominations are Open for 2020 SWC Forestry Awards

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The 2020 Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards is being held on Friday 8 May 2020 in Dunedin, New Zealand. This is the annual celebration of the forestry industry throughout the lower South Island. Nominations are now open for the 2020 awards. This is a unique opportunity to recognise those involved in training, in growing, processing and transporting wood and for those who support the industry through the provision of products and services. Now is the time to take time out to nominate an individual or company that has really stood out in 2019-20. The process of nominating has been kept as … Read More

The 2020 Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards [New Date]

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Mark the date into your diaries, Friday 8 May 2020.  This is the date set down for the eagerly awaited 2020 Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards. Every year the forestry industry from throughout the lower South Island meet for an evening of celebration in Dunedin. It’s the one event clearly marked on everyone’s forestry calendar. It’s the one event every year that continues to draw in 300-400 people directly employed in or associated with forest growing, wood harvesting, wood transport and timber processing from across the region to celebrate training and business success.  It’s a great night out. As well as the presentation of … Read More

Transpower / Forestry Workshop [2 Oct 2019]

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If you’re a forestry contractor, harvest planner, forestry manager or owner involved in wood harvesting operations in the Otago or Southland region, this workshop has been set up for you. It’s free. What’s more, if interested, it links into a dinner meeting set up for the local forestry industry at the venue, the first in three years. Date: Wednesday 2 October 2019 Venue: Rosebank Lodge, Balclutha When: 3.00pm – Afternoon Tea | 3.30pm – Workshop | 5.30pm – Drinks What’s been covered at the workshop?   National grid transmission lines often run through plantation forests. There are certain requirements for … Read More