FIC scholarships support forestry studies

Scholarship recipient Lee Worley, Ray Krippner on behalf of Murray River Forests, and FIC executive officer Dallas Goldspink.

A total of $3000 in scholarship cheques were recently handed out by the Forest Industry Council (FIC) at TAFE NSW Tumut campus to help support regional people with their forestry industry related studies.

The scholarships, provided by the Geoff Green Scholarship and a donation from Murray River Forests, were awarded to Lee Worley, Ian Peacock, Theresa Lonergan and Emily Post.

FIC executive officer, Dallas Goldspink, said the Geoff Green scholarship honours the late managing director of Greenfreight Logging, Geoff Green. 

“Geoff was a qualified forester and a great supporter of educational excellence in the forest industry. He was also a founding member of FIC, which started in 1981 when mechanisation was introduced into the industry. One of FIC’s original objectives was training,” he said.

Murray River Forests owns 5000 hectares of pine forest in the South West Slopes, which is managed by PF Olsen Australia. 

Senior forester southern for PF Olsen Australia, Ray Krippner, said Murray River Forests wanted to support the local industry and directly nurture training in the region. 

This is the first of three years of donations to FIC from Murray River Forests for training scholarships.

Scholarship recipient Lee Worley works at G&J Groves operating a harvester in the Tumut area. He said he would use the scholarship to buy a new computer to help him complete his online Training and Assessment course at TAFE to train and assess future forest workers. 

Ian Peacock will also use the money to help pay for a computer to assist him in completing TAFE’s Training and Assessment online course. He has more than 35-years’ experience in the softwood timber industry, owning and operating forwarders around Tumut, and is keen to contribute and pass on that knowledge.  

Emily Post, a student forester working for Southern Cross Forests based in Tumut and Tumbarumba, will use the scholarship to help pay for travel between Lismore, where she is in her third year of a Bachelor of Forest Science and Management course at Southern Cross University, and work in Tumut and Tumbarumba. 

Co-owner of P & T Lonergan, Theresa Lonergan, said she would use the funds to cover costs involved in completing a Certificate IV in Work, Health and Safety.

All four scholarship recipients said they were very appreciative of the support FIC through the Geoff Green Scholarship and Murray River Forests has given them towards their studies.