“We haven’t been able to sit and have a cuppa with members for 2 years due to the pandemic, so the aim of F&T Time is to keep the fabricators and the whole timber and construction supply chain connected and on top of the current issues”, said FTMA CEO Kersten Gentle.
“Members have never been busier and are struggling to keep up with the ever-changing rules around COVID-19, timber supply issues, floods and industry news in general. Everyone has half an hour in the car to listen to the podcasts or can even have them playing in the background whilst they are working and the feedback from industry shows there is a desire for these podcasts, with members urging us to keep them coming”, Mrs Gentle said.
There have been three releases of F&T Time with Kersten Gentle including:
• • Riding the Wave with Tim Woods who discusses the journey of the timber and housing markets throughout the pandemic. Tim explains the importance of a healthy supply chain and talks about ways builders and fabricators can ride the wave and survive.
• • Advocacy & Policies with Ross Hampton discussing the upcoming federal election and crucial state elections in 2022. Ross talks about the all-important policies for our industry and outlines how everyone within the industry can have a voice in the lead up to these elections.
• • Special Edition: The Impact of ‘Conflict Timber’ where we discuss the impacts on timber imports as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. With PEFC & FSC placing sanctions on Russian & Belarusian timber we are joined by a number of industry guests to help break down what it means for the Australian market including Simon Dorries (Responsible Wood), Leon Quinn (Tilling Timber) and Kurt Schrammel (VIDA Australia).
“People can listen to the podcasts on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and other popular podcast apps, otherwise people can simply visit our Podcast page at https://fttime.buzzsprout.com/, concluded Mrs Gentle.
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