Hard Times for Hardwood Sector

This rant was written by Kersten Gentle Everyone knows I have sawdust running through my veins and I am a passionate supporter of both the native and plantation-based forest industries. My grandfather was a sawmiller and native forest contractor and the areas he...

Loose Lips Sink Ships

There is without a doubt, we are in tumultuous times within the construction industry, with many builders finding it difficult. Rumours have been swirling around about different companies for the past few years, but the actions in the past fortnight by the media have...

I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar

In 1972, Helen Reddy released I Am Woman, which fast became an anthem for the women’s movement and after nearly 50 years since its release, the song was sung by a friend’s daughter in Woiwurrung, the language of the Wurrundjeri people at the Australian Open, giving...

Now’s Not the Time to Drop Your Pants

There is no doubt we are in unchartered times and I honestly couldn’t think of a harder time to run a small business.  The stress of keeping work flowing, whilst keeping people employed and a roof over your own head is continuing to build for many fabricators as they...

Warning: Rant in Progress

The other day when I was voicing my opinion on the terrible policy announcement by Victorian Premier Dan Andrews, someone asked me why.  They wanted to know what this had to do with the frame and truss industry, so I explained. My heritage and my passion are key...

Rant Response

Following on from my Rant in the last edition of FTMA News titled Stop Leap Frogging the Fabricator, I had a lot of feedback.  Some feedback was extremely supportive of my comments, whereas some of the timber companies felt I was a tad harsh and they believe their...