Statement from the GTTIA committee-
The atmosphere was nothing short of spectacular as the 4th Green Triangle Timber Awards Gala Dinner unfolded on 27 October 2023 at The Barn Mount Gambier, South Australia. With a backdrop of perfect weather, 500 guests including The Hon. Peter Malinauskas MP, Premier of South Australia and The Hon. Clare Scriven MLC, Minister for Forestry gathered for an evening of celebration and recognition of industry’s highest achievers.
With Australia’s funny man Dave Thornton opening the evening with his hilarious comedy, a total of ten awards were presented to industry leaders, recognizing their outstanding contributions to their respective fields. Among the recipients, the prestigious Timber Legend Award was given to Dr. Jim O’Hehir.
Dr. O’Hehir’s exceptional dedication to the forestry sector, his relentless commitment to the delivery of ground-breaking research projects, and his efforts in implementing technology advancements throughout the region earned him this honour. Jim’s passion for forestry and his tireless efforts in mentoring the next generation of industry leaders has left an indelible mark on the sector, making him a deserving recipient of the Timber Legend Award.
In addition to celebrating the winners, the Committee also extend their congratulations to the award finalists. Their nominations alone are recognition of their unwavering commitment to the industry, showcasing their exceptional talent and dedication. Their contributions serve as a testament to the remarkable progress and innovation taking place in our community. 2023 Award Winners
Operations – Harvesting and In-Field Chipping Excellence
Jamie Marlow – Merrett Logging
Operations – Silviculture and Timber Support Services Excellence
Jason Whyte, Berry & Whyte Surveyors
Highly Commended – Josh Praolini from Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub
Logistics Excellence – Port Operations, Marshalling and Timber Haulage
Adam Merrett – Merrett Logging
Sawmilling and Processing Excellence Award
Andrew Burston – OneFortyOne
Safety Excellence Award – Individual Achievement
Ryan Cassar – Tabeel Trading Nominees
Deb Kuhl – Timberlink Australia & New Zealand
Grace Tse – Timberlands Pacific
Highly Commended – Amelia Harris of Van Schaik’s BioGro
Environment & Sustainability Award
Wendy Fennell – Fennell Forestry
Highly Commended – Levi Bateman of HVP Plantations
Safety Excellence – Less than 30 Staff
Safety Excellence – More than 30 staff
Timber Legend Award
Dr. Jim O’Hehir
The Green Triangle Timber Industry Awards and Gala Dinner would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and suppliers. Their commitment and contributions continue to play a pivotal role in ensuring the awards success, creating the space and opportunity for industry leaders, government officials, and community members to come together and celebrate excellence.
We extend our thanks to all our sponsors for their invaluable support, our distinguished guests for joining us for the occasion, and the nominees, finalists, and award winners for their tireless efforts in shaping the future of the industry.
Photo: Jamie Marlow – Merrett Logging Operations – Harvesting and In-Field Chipping Excellence