Council adopts Wood Encouragement Policy
Fraser Coast Regional Council has adopted a policy to encourage the use of timber in the construction industry – including buildings up to eight storeys.
“The Fraser Coast has a significant history in timber production.” Fraser Coast Mayor Chris Loft said.
“Maryborough was once known as the Timber City.
“This policy will encourage the development of the local timber industry, encourage innovation and create jobs.
“Local company Hyne Timber continues to lead the way in developing innovative timber products as well as introducing innovative equipment at their Tuan plant.
“This Council is all about encouraging innovation, especially when it leads to better use of existing facilities and equipment and job creation.”
The policy encourages the use of responsibly sourced wood to be considered as the first-choice construction material in all new and refurbishment projects when it is deemed equally fit-for-purpose.
It has been backed by the Timber Queensland and Planet Ark Environmental Foundation.
Timber Queensland advised Council that New Zealand, Canada, France, Finland and the Netherlands were adopting a Wood Encouragement Policy as part of their procurement practices while the LaTrobe City (Victoria), Tumut (NSW), Wattle Range (SA) and Nannup (WA) councils had adopted wood encouragement policies.
The policy states that Council recognises the importance of the forest and wood products industry to regional employment and economic development and is committed to growing the forestry industry on a sustainable basis.
“I believe that we are the first Council in Queensland to adopt a Wood Encouragement Policy,” Cr Loft said.
“It will have huge benefits for the region. Hyne are developing products which are made here and exported across Australia, if not the world.
“We will continue to push and encourage innovation so that the Fraser Coast becomes synonymous with innovation in Queensland,” he said.
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