Tim­ber pro­cess­ing sec­tor plays piv­otal role

Australasian Timber - - AUSTIMBER 2016 -

AUSTIMBER IS in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned as a world-class for­est expo and the or­gan­is­ers are look­ing to build on that rep­u­ta­tion in the pro­cess­ing sec­tor at AUSTim­ber2016.

And the rea­son, ac­cord­ing to AUSTimber Gen­eral Man­ager Laurie Martin, is sim­ply be­cause of the in­ter­con­nec­tion of all sec­tors of the tim­ber in­dus­try and the role the event plays in fur­ther­ing that con­nec­tion with the gen­eral pub­lic.

“If we can en­cour­age more peo­ple to con­sider new tech­nolo­gies to add fur­ther value to the wood fi­bre grown in this coun­try there is the pos­si­bil­ity we can help grow the en­tire tim­ber in­dus­try in Aus­tralia,” he said.

Laurie ex­plained that the first step was to work with La­trobe City, hosts of the event, to help them see the eco­nomic sense of en­cour­ag­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the sec­tor in their re­gion.

“The coun­cil was aware they needed to en­cour­age man­u­fac­tur­ing en­ter­prises in a car­bon­con­strained world and, given the ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion the tim­ber in­dus­try al­ready makes to the lo­cal econ­omy, they quickly saw the ben­e­fits that might ac­crue by adopt­ing a pol­icy sim­i­lar to the Wood First poli­cies al­ready in place in Canada and Ja­pan.

“La­trobe City be­came the first mu­nic­i­pal­ity in Aus­trala­sia to de­velop a Wood En­cour­age­ment pol­icy with a num­ber of oth­ers on both sides of the Tas­man hav­ing ei­ther now adopted or ac­tively con­sid­er­ing such poli­cies in their own area.”

“By ap­peal­ing to the in­ter­ests of lo­cal gov­ern­ment, we are look­ing to open up new av­enues for ref­er­ence sites (pub­lic build­ings), tap into any pos­si­ble eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment sup­port for new man­u­fac­tur­ing clus­ters and en­cour­age plan­ning de­part­ments to look for ways to en­cour­age rather than dis­cour­age the greater use of tim­ber in con­struc­tion,” Laurie said.

Laurie Martin

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