Tim­ber in­dus­try stands ready to as­sist State bud­get for hous­ing and in­fra­struc­ture

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JOBS FOR Queens­land -- a $1.8 bil­lion Queens­land Hous­ing Strat­egy in the State bud­get -- has the po­ten­tial to boost em­ploy­ment in the State’s tim­ber in­dus­try.

Tim­ber Queens­land CEO Mick Stephens said us­ing Queens­land grown and pro­cessed tim­ber prod­ucts in so­cial hous­ing makes eco­nomic sense.

“We are see­ing rapid ad­vances in tim­ber con­struc­tion us­ing en­gi­neered wood prod­ucts and tim­ber build­ing sys­tems such as pre­fab­ri­ca­tion, that can in­crease the speed of con­struc­tion and sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce costs.

“Us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of pre­fab­ri­ca­tion and tim­ber prod­ucts such as cross-lam­i­nated tim­ber, glu­lam and lam­i­nated ve­neer lum­ber can re­sult in up to 30% less time on site,” Mr Stephens said.

“The State plans to build 5000 so­cial and af­ford­able homes over the next five years, so speed of con­struc­tion and so­cial live­abil­ity will be key.

“A re­cent re­port by Planet Ark En­vi­ron­men­tal Foun­da­tion has found that Aus­tralians ap­pear to be in­nately drawn to­wards tim­ber. Their re­sults in­di­cate that wood elic­its feel­ings of warmth, com­fort and re­lax­ation and cre­ate a link to na­ture.”

Mr Stephens said choos­ing tim­ber as a pre­ferred build­ing ma­te­rial for hous­ing projects can gen­er­ate other en­vi­ron­men­tal and car­bon ben­e­fits for the State.

“If half of all new res­i­den­tial dwellings built in Queens­land in any one year were ‘tim­ber max­imised’, for ex­am­ple, this would equate to a sav­ing of 600,000 tonnes of car­bon emis­sions per year com­pared to other ma­te­ri­als, or 6 mil­lion tonnes over a 10-year pe­riod.”

Other bud­get mea­sures such as an ex­ten­sion of the $20,000 first home own­ers grant and con­struc­tion of re­gional projects, in­clud­ing the ex­pan­sion of the Cairns Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, have the po­ten­tial to boost the lo­cal tim­ber in­dus­try and re­gional eco­nomic ben­e­fits.

“The for­est and tim­ber in­dus­try de­liv­ers many ben­e­fits to Queens­land, not least the jobs for 10,000 peo­ple and an an­nual turnover of more than $3 bil­lion. The eco­nomic ben­e­fits are spread through­out the state and tim­ber pro­cess­ing fa­cil­i­ties across re­gional Queens­land are the lifeblood of many ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties,” said Mr Stephens.

Tim­ber Queens­land CEO Mick Stephens.

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