The South Australian Forest Products Association (SAFPA) has announced the appointment of its foundation CEO, Nathan Paine.
Interim Chair Keith Lamb hailed the significance of this appointment in achieving the vision to have a single unified voice for the South Australian Forest Products Sector – bringing together South Australia’s timber growers, processors, and manufacturers.
“As an organisation, we are starting with well over half of the industry in South Australia and we are committed to creating a body that represents the entire industry and a home for all businesses that operate in the forest and forest products industry in South Australia,” Mr Lamb said.
“We are excited to announce Nathan’s appointment as he brings to the role the experience and energy required to lead our organisation and represent our foundation members to the members of state parliament, whether they be government, opposition or the cross-bench, as well as the wider business community of South Australia. “2020 has seen the South Australian forest products sector, along with the rest of the state and the country, buffeted from the combined impact of bushfire and the COVID-19 pandemic. There has never been a more important and challenging time to bring our sector together, for the wellbeing of the members and for South Australia.”
Foundation CEO Nathan Paine said he was looking forward to representing the forestry products industry in South Australia. “Forestry is already a core industry and employer in South Australia and will be a centrepiece to the economic revitalization of South Australia – not just in the regions of the South East and Kangaroo Island but indeed the entire state,” Mr Paine said.
“As Governments increasingly look for opportunities to generate new jobs and opportunities in our State, the forest industries provides a pathway for new, long-term manufacturing jobs here.
“Forestry is a long-term business and investments are generations in nature. Our members are in this for the long haul, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t short term challenges. I am proud to lead the South Australian Forest Products Association in its vision towards growth and prosperity for South Australia,” Mr Paine concluded.