Category: No. 353 // December 2015

Stump to store

AKD Softwoods has deep roots in the south western districts of regional Victoria. Based in the town of Colac, the Australian-owned and operated entity is an integrated forestry and timber processing company which, in recent years, has undergone a significant transformation. TimberTrader News recently spoke with AKD Softwoods Chief Executive Officer Shane Vicary about the company’s new initiatives and the importance of equality in business.

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Raising the roof

Chris Childs and his son, Brett Childs, are the dynamic duo behind Port Adelaide Timber Truss. They run one of the oldest fabricators in South Australia, and are a business that maintains “˜old school’ values alongside modern processes. I recently sat down with this father and son team to talk business strategy, future plans, and how Chris gets by without a computer!

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Annual review

The inspiration for most of the articles we write comes from enquiries and inspection requests that come past our desk every day. Around the Christmas period, it has been our long-term practise to conduct an annual review of the projects we’ve been involved with. This information is used to direct our focus for the coming year.

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Upcoming changes to annual leave

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) is in the process of reviewing all 123 modern awards, as required by the Fair Work Act 2009. This is an enormous task and will take about two years to complete. The current review commenced in early 2014, and at that time some common issues were identified including several in relation to annual leave.

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