IN HIS final annual report, presented at the Private Forestry Service Queensland annual general meeting, retiring chairman Andrew Sinclair said there had been some momentous changes to the organisation.
He said doubling the organisation's size, a slightly different name, a new home, and winning and delivering the largest federal grant under the Caring for Country banner had all been major achievements.
"We have survived and even thrived," Mr Sinclair said.
We have developed a terrific team that travels the length and a fair bit of the breadth of the state, delivering forestry outcomes to corporate and private landholders.
"We have developed a terrific team that travels the length and a fair bit of the breadth of the state, delivering forestry outcomes to corporate and private landholders."
Mr Sinclair said the organisation had a reputation as having hard, practical workers that delivered.
And he said it had gained a reputation in the federal capital that should stand it in good stead for future funding.
"Our corporate work has proved very useful as a fall-back income," he said.
"This involves timber and regrowth assessment and treatment, controlled burning and planting and plantation management."
Before the economic times the organisation carried out work on properties owned by the medical and legal professions.
He said the demographics of this had changed, with the Federal Government ruling professionals earning more than $250,000 were no longer eligible for forestry tax deductions.
As a result, the organisation's CEO Sean Ryan said there was a general reduction in private landholder work.
"We are still working on our chopper/roller to rapidly control sucker regrowth," he said.
"We are having a few breakdown problems with drawbar pins. Hitting a stump at 10kmh puts a large strain on the coupling, that has not proven to be up to the job."
Another aspect of the organisation's work was maintaining and improving the Woodworks Museum, where it is based.
With help from the Gympie Regional Council, the museum attracted more than 3200 visitors (from many parts of the country and overseas) in the past year, which Mr Ryan said made a valuable contribution to Gympie's tourism income. He said highlights of the museum year included:
installing a small section of new floor to demonstrate the use of some of the local timbers;
getting the old Republic truck working again;
having the Caterpillar company repair an old road grader; and
continuing to operate the steam-powered mill.
Mr Ryan said the museum was run successfully by a small, dedicated team of volunteers.
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