Timber processing sector plays pivotal role
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.