Mow­bray field day to focus on quan­dong tim­ber

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LOOKING BACK -

Sil­ver quan­dong tim­ber will be the focus of a field af­ter­noon at Mow­bray on Satur­day, May 14, for peo­ple in­ter­ested in grow­ing and har­vest­ing trees on farms.

The event will be held on a pri­vate prop­erty planted with a va­ri­ety of species that are ap­proach­ing har­vestable size, in­clud­ing sil­ver quan­dong.

This fast-grow­ing Aus­tralian na­tive species has proven re­silient to cy­clones, and pro­duces an at­trac­tive, pale coloured wood.

The guest speaker for the event will be Carol Neal, from Spe­cial­ity Tim­ber Growers, who works with a group of pri­vate growers in south-east Queens­land to col­lec­tively har­vest, process and sell plan­ta­tion-grown sil­ver quan­dong.

There are many pri­vate plan­ta­tions in North Queens­land with trees large enough to pro­duce tim­ber, but pri­vate tree growers have lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties to sell their logs for fair value.

This free event will pro­vide a chance for growers to con­nect with one an­other and hear about a suc­cess­ful ex­am­ple of col­lab­o­ra­tive mar­ket­ing.

Meet at 1 pm at the Craiglie rest area, just off the Cap­tain Cook High­way, 1.5 km south of the Port Dou­glas turn off. To reg­is­ter in­ter­est or for more in­for­ma­tion please phone 0427 231 971 or email a dmi n@ f o r s i t e f o r e s t -

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