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DAY ONE - Wednesday 31 May 2023
Research & Development Insights Tour
This is a a rare chance to visit some of Australia’s leading research centres, making the connection between industry needs and current research and
development efforts.


8.30    Depart Rydges Fortitude Valley


9.00    Griffith University Structural Lab Tour and Vibration Floor Demonstration incorporating Virtual Reality experience.

The visit to the civil and mechanical engineering lab at the Nathan campus, Griffith University, will start with an overview of the testing facilities and the different services it can provide to the timber industry. The visit will continue by a live demonstration of floor vibration and how the Griffith timber research team is using technology to assist industry in safely designing long span timber floors. The participants will first have the opportunity to walk on the floor and then, while sitting and wearing virtual reality googles, discuss their perception in terms of vibration performance and comfort in different environments. Discussion will take place between the Griffith team and the participants on the overall objectives and industry support on the project. Finally, the tour will conclude by visiting the Sim Studio which use high technology to capture 3D human motions and dynamic footfall impacts, enabling a better understanding on human induced floor vibrations.   


10.10   Depart Griffith University

10.20   Arrive Queensland Department of Agriculture & Fisheries Salisbury Research Facility.

Morning Tea on arrival

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ (DAF) Salisbury Research Facility is Australia’s premier forest product research facility. The facility boosts more than 3,100 m2 of laboratories, processing equipment and office space, and is equipped to undertake forest products research and development at laboratory through to at least semi-industry scale, and in some cases, full industrial scale. Combined with the Forest Products Innovation team, at a single location, DAF have Australia’s largest science and technical expertise in:

  • Engineered wood-based composites technology

  • Kiln drying and sawmilling technology

  • Timber grading and advanced mechanical wood properties testing

  • Wood product design and manufacture

  • Timber preservation and performance testing

  • Adhesives/adhesion testing and development


Enjoy a tour of the research facility and participate in R&D showcase presentation from DAF research team.  Researchers from the University of Sunshine Coast will join in to provide updates from USC Forest Industries Research Centre’s current projects including supply chain optimisation, biosecurity & pests and preharvest timber quality prediction tools.

12.45  Depart Salisbury


1.20     Arrive University of Queensland Advance Timber Hub 

Lunch will be held on arrival at UQ’s Advance Engineering Building 6th floor foyer, overlooking UQ lakes.

UQ will showcase the new ARC Research Hub to Advance Timber for Australia's Future Built Environment (ARC Advance Timber Hub) and the state-of-the-art engineering facilities available to the Hub at UQ, which include the Structures LaboratoryFire Laboratory and Architecture Workshop.  This will be followed by a tour of the Advanced Engineering Building Auditorium (a state-of-the-art 500 seat auditorium, one of the largest teaching spaces in the University) which has a 215-tonne roof supported entirely by impressive timber members that span the entire 30-metre-wide space.


             Depart UQ


4.30     Arrive Jubilee Hotel for Pre Symposium Networking Function

Pre Symposium Networking Function (4.30pm - 7.30pm)
Gather with your industry colleagues for an informal get-together at the Jubilee Hotel.  Debrief on the insights tour or catch up before the next day's Symposium.The recently renovated Jubilee Hotel has a a casual bistro where you can choose to continue your evening with your industry colleagues.
DAY TWO - Thursday 1 June 2023
Full Day Symposium

8.30     Registration. Tea & Coffee

9.00     Welcome & Introduction

              Mick Stephens, CEO, Timber Queensland

9.10      Ministerial Address

              Hon. Mark Furner, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities


              Pathway to the 2032 Brisbane Olympics

              Hon. Bart Mellish, Assistant Minister to the Premier for Veterans' Affairs and the Public Sector

9.50    Global investment environment for forests and nature based assets - opportunities for Queensland

               David Brand, Chair, New Forests

10.10    Confidence in Product Compliance

              Robert Mansell, Hyne Timber Specification, Hyne Timber

10.20    Housing and Construction Outlook

              Tom Devitt. Senior Economist, Housing Industry Association (HIA)

10.40    Morning Tea

11.20    State policy issues and opportunities

              Mick Stephens, Timber Queensland

11.50    Regional Forestry Hubs – key learnings 

              Kerry Fullarton, Hub Manager, South & Central Queensland Regional Forestry Hubs

              Hulton King, Hub Manager, North Queensland Regional Forestry Hub

12.15    Plantation forestry: perspectives from a major grower

              Jason Wilson, CEO, HQPlantations

12.35    Lunch Sponsor presentation: Choice Energy

12.40    Lunch 

1.40      Timber building innovation: what is driving mass timber buildings

              Jeremy Mansfield, National Sustainability Operations Manager, LendLease

2.00      Data innovation and automation: forestry applications and outreach tools

              Dave Swain, Technical Manager & Head of Research, TerraCipher

2.20      Workforce development:  Forestry Workforce Training Program.

              Michael Borowick, Chief Executive, ForestWorks

2.45      Afternoon Tea

3.25      Workforce development: Canopy: Queensland’s Forest & Timber Industry Training Hub.

              Clarissa Brandt, Strategic Relations Manager, Timber Queensland & Canopy Project Manager

3.50      Certification: an update from Responsible Wood

              Simon Dorries, CEO, Responsible Wood

 4.10      Symposium Summary, Prize Draws & Closing Remarks

4.30      Symposium Close.  Guests invited to move to Putting Lounge for Networking.

Post Symposium Cocktail Function & Future Foresters Initiative Fundraising Event

After a busy day of learning, relax with your colleagues and have some fun!  Don't miss the chance to play the 

Timber Queensland & Rivers Insurance 5 In 40 Card Draw Game Show 


Competition terms

The promoter of this competition is Rivers Insurnace Brokers, Level 8/39 Sherwood Rd, Toowong QLD 4066. The competition is being held at the Doing TImber Business in Queensland event.

  1. To have a chance to play the Rivers Insurance  5 In 40 Card Draw Game Show you must purchase a $20 ticket which will be on sale at the Doing Timber Business in Queensland Symposium on 1 June.   Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to benefit Queensland members of the Future Foresters Initiative .  Funds raise will enable young foresters to attend conferences, field tours, training and events that they would ordinarily not be able to experience.  This will contribute to the growth of the forestry profession, expanding the horizons of young foresters. 

  2. From the tickets sold, one Participant will be chosen to take part in the Rivers Insurance 5 In 40 Card Draw Game Show via a random draw.  The first ticket draw wins the opportunity to play the Game Show, the second and third tickets drawn receive a consolation prize.

  3. By participating in this Game Show the chosen participant agrees to donate 50% of the $50 000 or $25 000 cash prize to the Future Foresters Initiative. The remaining 50% will be retained by the participant.

  4. The participant will be presented with 40 security envelopes and starts the Game Show by opening an envelope of their choice to reveal the card inside. 

  5. The card removed from the first envelope will be displayed to the audience and the participant then chooses a second envelope.

  6. This process repeats for as many times as it takes for the participant to find 5 matching cards.

  7. Once 5 matching cards are found the Game Show is complete and the participant wins the prize associated with the first 5 matching coloured cards they have found. 

  8. The participant must be onsite and available at the itme of the comeptition to be elgible.

  9. The Competition will be run as a game of chance, with the participant selected from raffle tickets pruchased at the Doing Timber Business in Queensland event.

  10. The promoter will make reasonable efforts to identify and locate the particiapnt drawn. Should it be determined that ther selected ticket/participant has left the venue, another ticket will be drawn to identify a participant who is onsite. This process will continue until an attendee is drawn.

  11. We whether due to error, omission, alteration, tampering, deletion, theft, destruction, transmission interruption, communications failure or otherwise. Rivers Insurance Brokers (nor event host, Timber Queensland) accept no responsibility for lost, illegible, corrupted or misdirected entries, claims or correspondence.

  12. To the extent permitted at law, each entrant releases and indemnifies the Promoter Rivers Insurance Brokers (and the event host, Timber Queensland) against all liability, cost, loss or expense arising out of participation in the game, or acceptance of any Prize including (but not limited to) personal injury and damage to property and whether direct or consequential, foreseeable, due to some negligent act or omission or otherwise.

The prizes are


5 Blue Cards = $50, 000 Prize (50% to be donated to the Future Foresters Initiative and 50% to be retained by Participant)

5 Red Cards = $25, 000 Prize (50% to be donated to the Future Foresters Initiative and 50% to be retained by Participant)

5 Green Cards = Consolation Prize (to be retained by Participant)

5 Yellow Cards = Consolation Prize (to be retained by Participant)


(i.e if the participants finds 5 blue cards before they find 5 red, green or yellow cards then they win $50,000.  If they find 5 Red cards first they win $25,000.  If they find 5 Green or Yellow cards first they win the consolation prize)






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