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Forestry industry steps in to secure the future of popular Royal Adelaide Show attraction

South Australia’s forest industries have stepped in to provide log for our renowned woodchopping competition at the Royal Adelaide Show.

“The Royal Adelaide Show Woodchopping competition and the Committee, led by Graeme Hyde, have successfully secured enough logs to ensure the competition continues for another year. After extensive consultation, testing and trialing, the South Australian Forest Products Association is pleased that the Committee has secured supplies of South Australian pine log for the 2023 Royal Adelaide Show”, confirmed Chief Executive Officer of the South Australian Forest Products Association (SAFPA), Mr Nathan Paine.

“This could not have been achieved without the generosity of OneFortyOne who have supplied sustainably grown Radiata Pine to the South Australian Woodchopping Committee to ensure the 2023 event goes ahead,” continued Mr Paine.

“The logs supplied were unsuitable for local processing and it is wonderful they can now be used for this sporting purpose which also serves to remind the community of the importance of our forest industries”, said Mr Paine. 

“The Royal Adelaide Show held its first woodchopping competition in 1905 and I’m sure almost every South Australian, young and old, have fond memories watching the strength, agility and skill of competitors as they race against the clock and each other to be the first to cut through a log or block of wood,” said Mr Paine.

Mr Graeme Hyde, Chairman of the Woodchopping Committee said “The woodchopping competition is synonymous with the Royal Adelaide Show, a tradition for Show-goers and watched by thousands. But for competitors, Adelaide is an important part of the competition circuit.” “Without the support from SA Forest Products Association and OneFortyOne, and the generous supply of timber, we would not have secured the timber for this year, which would have been devastating for the South Australian community, and competitors from across Australia.”

The industry is pleased to have found a solution to support this iconic event, and most notably to promote and showcase the importance of South Australia’s primary industries through the staging of events and the rewarding of excellence at the Royal Adelaide Show.

Forestry is an important primary industry in South Australia, generating almost $3 billion a year towards the State’s economy, directly and indirectly employing more than 21,000 South Australians and sequestering over 4.64million tonnes of CO2e from the atmosphere, making South Australia a cleaner and greener place to live and work.


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