Have your say: new groups to meet in June
FWPA’s new Industry Advisory Groups will hold their inaugural meetings in Melbourne on 16 June – and we’re keen to involve as many of you as possible in helping to rank and prioritise activities, offer direction regarding investment and provide member input. The groups are inclusive, and open to member company CEOs, directors or employees. Participants are also invited to a dinner the night beforehand as our guest.
FWPA has established five Industry Advisory Groups, one for each of our five outcome-driven programs, namely:
- Promoting the advantages of wood products
- Aligning products to market needs
- Assisting value chain optimisation
- Increasing resource availability and reducing risk
- Impacting decision making and industry capability
The new groups are part of a restructure of our industry engagement, offering greater opportunities for member company CEOs, directors and other employees to have their say and contribute the future of our industry.
Each new Industry Advisory Group will be chaired by an FWPA board member and meet at least once a year, with the inaugural meeting to be held on 16 June at the RACV Club in Melbourne – An agenda will be sent out shortly to members.
The Chairman of FWPA, John Simon, said significant investments were made through FWPA, which sought to maximise real-world benefits to members.
“The groups’ aims are to help improve communication, identify valuable investment opportunities and pinpoint issues or gaps we could help address with funding, contacts or other assistance,” he said.
As part of the restructure, FWPA has also created new Interest Groups, which will be open to member and non-member stakeholders who identify a common issue – whether region, species or product-specific.
The Interest Groups will be encouraged to develop investment proposals to help advance industry, whether by expanding markets, doing new research or other promotional activity.
To start an Interest Group, all you need to do is:
- Identify an issue of concern that is consistent with FWPA’s vision and mission
- Have at least five FWPA voting member companies participating and
- Be willing to open the group to all members and other stakeholders, including non-members.