Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News.
We are pleased to announce that the HarvestTECH 2021 programme and registrations are now live on the website. The response has been amazing and there is already talk that this region’s premier log transport and wood harvesting event will, once again, sell out next year. HarvestTECH 2021 will run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 13-14 April 2021. For those unable to travel (or who miss out on tickets), the event will also be streamed online. This makes it an easy option for Australians and other internationals, especially with uncertainty around Covid-19 at this stage. As mentioned above, tickets are available for both the in-person and virtual online events.
Any HarvestTECH 2021 exhibitors who have not already booked should also get in quickly. There are not many spots left available. Next year’s event is being held alongside the Forest Safety & Technology 2021 event at the same venue. It’s going to be a fantastic couple of days.
There is a tonne of stories in this month’s issue of HarvestTECH News, including a new autonomous and cabless forestry machine being tested in Sweden. While still early days, autonomous and remote-controlled harvesters will be a game-changer for the industry. Congratulations go out to Forestry Corp NSW, who has now harvested over two million tonnes of fire-affected timber. This is an important milestone, especially as local industry and communities recover from last summer’s devastating fire season.
We have one story highlighting a successful forestry training programme from the Eastland Wood Council in New Zealand. The two-year ‘Generation Programme’ has attracted, trained and helped employ many young recruits, including 17 females. In another programme, WorkSafe NZ and the Forest Industry Safety Council has seen the benefit in appointing ‘roving reps’, who engage with forestry workers and promote health, safety and general well-being.
Remember to send through any contributions, stories or links that we can pass onto the wider wood harvesting and log transport community.
Check out all the articles below and enjoy this month’s issue.
Stories this issue:
- HarvestTECH 2021 attracting record interest
- Autonomous forest machine ready for testing
- H&S pilot extended for forestry workers
- Training course attracting women to forestry
- Komatsu adds new head for eucalyptus
- Tasmania launches updated Forest Practices Code
- Two million tonnes of fire salvaged timber sold
- Forest company fined and council labelled ‘disgraceful’
- RDO celebrates with Austimber Harvesting
- Customising bridge design for Aratu Forests
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