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FSC Australia response to VicForests Announcement

Australia 31 January 2017: VicForests today confirmed their commitment to become FSC certified with an announcement of plans to seek FSC Controlled Wood certification in 2017.


Full media release available for download below..

Media inquiries: Adam Beaumont a.beaumont at au.fsc point org
Stakeholder general inquiries: info at au.fsc point org


FSC Australia: Forestry Tasmania meet the Controlled Wood standard for their plantation estate.

Australia 12th November 2016: Independent forest management auditor, the SCS, announced that Forestry Tasmania has met the requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) International Controlled Wood standard.

Full media release available for download below..

Media inquiries: Adam Beaumont a.beaumont at au.fsc point org
Stakeholder general inquiries: info at au.fsc point org


Primary teachers finding ways to incorporate sustainability into lessons

Australia 26 April 2016: A new program is being launched to Primary Schools during Term Two by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Australia. The Future Generations program focuses on bringing the cross curriculum priority of sustainability into every subject – from the Arts to Humanities and English.

Full media release available for download below.

Media inquiries: Adam Beaumont – 0435 072 672 / a.beaumont at au.fsc point org
Stakeholder general inquiries: Tamsien West - (03) 9329 9984 / info at au.fsc point org


FSC Australia response to Forestry Tasmania audit result

Encourages forest manager to continue certification pursuit


Australia 1 March 2016: An independent audit of Forestry Tasmania against the FSC’s Forest Management standards by SCS Global services has been publicly released. The report’s release follows more than twelve months of additional evidence collection and evaluation by the independent auditor and Forestry Tasmania.

The audit identified major areas for improvement in forest management practices in order to achieve the FSC’s top-flight certification.
The FSC’s green tree ‘tick’ logo has become the most highly sought after seal of approval for manufacturers and forest managers in Australia. The logo can’t be bought and must be earned through independent auditing against FSC standards.

Full media release available for download below.

Media inquiries: Adam Beaumont – 0435 072 672 / a.beaumont at au.fsc point org
Stakeholder general inquiries: Tamsien West - (03) 9329 9984 / info at au.fsc point org


Regarding concerns for Koala welfare in Western Victoria

FSC Australia has been advised of an incident involving the harvesting of a coupe last week (28 January 2015) while koalas were still in a tree in an FSC certified plantation forest in South West Victoria.

In accordance with FSC protocols, the certifying body responsible for the site’s FSC certification (Rainforest Alliance) is conducting an investigation and we await the findings of this report.

One of the key principles of the FSC is that forests are managed in an environmentally appropriate manner and stakeholders have the opportunity to highlight any concerns, as has occurred in this case.

FSC standards contain provisions that require forest managers to minimise environmental risks to wildlife, but they also require certificate holders to respond to incidents and stakeholder feedback appropriately. In this instance, it is important that the independent auditors (Rainforest Alliance) are given the opportunity to evaluate both thoroughly during their investigation. For more information please contact Caroline Catterall +61 402 046 826 or Tim Lele +61 411 293 176


Independent auditor approves the Forest Products Commission for Controlled Wood

Independent forest management auditor, the Soil Association, announced the West Australian Government-owned Forest Products Commission (FPC) has met the requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) International Controlled Wood standard.

To comply with the Controlled Wood standard the FPC will undertake staged harvesting of select portions of the forest certificate coverage area of 244,612 hectares under strict provisions, which includes the protection of old-growth High Conservation Value areas. For more information please see the document below.


Indigenous voices sought in creation of first national forestry standard

FSC Australia CEO, Natalie Reynolds, announced $60,000 of funding for the Aboriginal Carbon Fund (AbCF) to aid the FSC’s creation of industry benchmarks that respect the rights of indigenous Australians while, also protecting the economic and environmental benefits of forests for current and future generations. For more information please click on the document below.


FSC® Australia’s new Board announced

FSC Australia CEO, Natalie Reynolds, said: “The FSC’s great strength lies in its ability to encourage communication between people with different interests, ideas and philosophies. I look forward to working with our new and existing Board members across our Economic, Environment and Social Chambers to deliver on FSC Australia’s strategic plan.


For more information on the AGM and the New Board click the PDF below.


Mr Tony Price voluntarily steps aside as Chair of the Board of Directors

FSC Australia today announced that Mr Tony Price has voluntarily stepped aside as Chair of the Board of Directors, following the ABC 7:30 Report story.


FSC® Australia welcomes Forestry Tasmania to membership

MELBOURNE, 9th OF AUGUST 2013
FSC Australia announced today that it had accepted a membership application from Forestry Tasmania.

Read the media release from FSC Australia below.


SmartWood Program, Rainforest Alliance Suspends FSC Chain of Custody Services

12 SEPTEMBER 2011
Media release from Rainforest Allaince regarding a six month suspension of FSC Chain of Custody accreditation service.


Rainforest Alliance Media Release August 22nd - Australian Paper

August 22nd, 2011: Rainforest Alliance has issued a media release regarding Australian Paper's certification status. Please follow the link above.

If any other FSC members would like to place their media releases in this location, please contact FSC Australia.


Gunns certification processes

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Australia said today the certification process for Gunns Limited was proceeding as anticipated. Gunns began work to secure both Forest Management and Controlled Wood certifications under the FSC Standards in early 2010, a process all parties agree may take a number of years to complete. Download the PDF to read the full release.


Grocon Pixel Building
Australia Post

The winners of FSC Australia's awards were announced on 17 November 2010.

In recognition of their achievement with Australia's first project certification and ongoing commitment to responsible wood sourcing, Grocon was recognised as the FSC Builder/Developer of the Year (sponsored by Bunnings).

Other category winners were:
* Large Chain of Custody Supplier - Carter Holt Harvey (National) (Sponsored by Brookfield Multiplex)
* Small Chain of Custody Supplier - The Woodage (NSW) (sponsored by Scientific Certification Systems)
* Large Forest Manager - Albany Plantation Forest Company (WA)
* Small Forest Manager - Lagoon of Islands, Downie family (Tas)
* Printer/Publisher - Vega Colour Group (Vic) (sponsored by Fuji Xerox)

FSC Australia acknowledged the support of Australia Post as the main sponsor for this event.


FSC® Australia investing $1.3m to reach a consensus on forest management

Melbourne, Australia: Friday 30, May 2014 – Forest Stewardship Council Australia (FSC Australia) yesterday took a step closer to launching an FSC Australia – Forest Stewardship Standard by revealing a first draft of new guidelines to members. For more click the downloads box below


Frequently Asked Questions regarding Controlled Wood Assessment of Forest Products Commission

The Controlled Wood Assessment Of Forest Products Commission (WA) has generated significant interest and questions regarding the processes involved and decisions made. 


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