Association Reports

Appita Annual Report 2016



Appita held its AGM on the 25th May at the Fairfield Boat House, highlighting the Association’s performance over the last year, and presenting the 2017-2019 strategic plan.. The AGM saw the election of Dr Stephen Carter (Australian Paper, Technical Manager) as the Appita President.

Paul Robilliard (Beca AMEC), who completed his term as President, was thanked by the Executive Director of the Association, Adele Elice-Invaso, for his guidance, dedication and commitment during his term as President. Paul will continue to provide support to the Executive Committee for another year, in his role as Immediate Past President. Joe Tascone (Norske Skog) was re- elected for another -two year term, and Professor Gil Garnier (BioPRIA), Vesna Milunovic (Visy) and Terry McDonald (Visy) will continue on the Executive until end of 2017. 

The AGM also marked the retirement of Appita Peer Review Journal Editor, Professor Emeritus Robert (Bob) Johnston. Bob Johnston, a well known identity in the Australasian Pulp and Paper Industry, joined as Editor of the Appita Journal in 2005. Bob was recognised for his significant contribution to the advancement of Appita through his service as a member since 1966 and as a member of many Appita Committees including his role as Editor of the Appita Journal.

Dr Stephen Carter, newly appointed President announced Appita’s Strategic Plan for 2017 – 2019. Stephen said “he was excited to be announcing the launch of Appita‘s new website and branding which will official go live third quarter of 2017”. The new website will provide greater functionality and online resources for all members. The website will house new e-learning platform and e-library with a wealth of information resources at member’s finger tips.

The evening wrapped up with a special guest presentation from Dr Des Richardson, Senior Scientist, Norske Skog Boyer Mill, Tasmania. Des presented on “Biochemicals & Biomaterials: Unlocking the Potential of Lignocellulosic Materials”. He  provided some insights on Norske Skog’s journey thus far in diversification from traditional mechanical pulp/paper grades to biochemicals and biomaterials that may be made from renewable lignocellulosic materials.