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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 4 Hansard (24 March) . . Page.. 1471..


MS PORTER (continuing):

This will provide a place where homeless people will know that they will be able to get legal advice from Street Law. It fills a real need and a gap that they have identified in providing legal services to people in the ACT.

Institute of Foresters of Australia

MR COE (Ginninderra) (9.07): I rise tonight to speak about forestry, the Institute of Foresters of Australia, and the commitment of Bob Newman OAM in this field.

I believe that the forestry industry unfairly gets a bad rap from media and many involved in politics. Forestry has much to be proud of, and if we had more foresters involved in the management of our parks we would all benefit from their expertise.

The Institute of Foresters of Australia was established in 1935 and has more than 1,300 members involving all areas of forest management and conservation. The main objects for which the institute was established are:

i. To advance and protect the cause of forestry

ii. To maintain a high standard of qualification in persons engaged in the practice of forestry

iii. To promote professional standards and ethical practice among those engaged in forestry

iv. To promote social intercourse between persons engaged in forestry

v. To publish and make educational, marketing and other materials available to those engaged in forestry

vi. To provide the services of the Institute to forestry organisations inside Australia and in overseas countries as the Board may deem appropriate.

The institute produces the Australian Forestry Journal, which is a world-class publication, a newsletter called the Forester and more.

Last Sunday was World Forestry Day. A dinner at the ANU was held on Monday night to mark the occasion, for the presentation of awards and to hear from guest speakers. My Liberal colleagues Zed Seselja and Brendan Smyth were in attendance. Also in attendance were representatives of companies, government agencies, academics, students and others interested in forestry. The main award which was presented was the ACT Forester of the Year Award. This year the recipient is Claire Howell, who is a senior research scientist at the Bureau of Rural Sciences. I congratulate her on winning the prestigious award.

The guest speakers for the evening were Robert Newman OAM and Dr Peter Volker. Dr Volker is the national president of the institute and he delivered a presentation about the future of forestry and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Bob is a legend of the forestry community, especially in and around Canberra, as he has been active in the industry for 60 years. He and his wife Janet are wonderful,


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