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Conservation groups could face prosecution under changed Act

CONSERVATION groups seeking to unlawfully protest in forests and boycott products could face prosecution under a proposed Abott government consumer law. This is likely to severely obstruct market-based campaigns by groups such as environmental NGOs Markets for Change and GetUp. Parliamentary secretary for agriculture, including forestry, Senator Richard Colbeck said the government decision would prevent green groups from holding companies to ransom in their markets. “We’ll be looking at the way

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John Gillam .. merchadising and customer demands.

Katrina Hodgkinson .. forest and woodprocessing policy.

Sue Holliday .. trends in housing demand and design.

Dr George Goroyias .. focus on the AsiaPacific region.

Industry seminar of year opportunity not to miss Focus on building stronger value chains INDUSTRY still has a chance to register for the landmark timber industry seminar – Building Sronger Value Chains – to be held in Sydney on October 11. Co-organiser John Halkett said the seminar committee was delighted at the calibre and diversity of the international and domestic speakers. “Here’s the chance to join an impressive line-up of industry leaders. Seating is limited so those interested should not leave it to the last minute to register,” he said. “This will be an important event for the timber industry aimed at reinforcing industry business goals, continuing to assist in growing capability, examining product and market innovation, and enhancing competitiveness.” Seminar moderators include Ron Adams, chairman, Forest and Wood Products Australia and managing director, Wespine Industries; Nils Koren, chairman Australian Timber Importers Federation and managing director, Gunnersens; and Peter Hutchison, president, Timber and Building Materials Association and state manager MiTek Australia. High-profile Australian speakers will join a panel of international speakers from Switzerland, Canada and New Zealand.

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Managing director of Bunnings and chairman of Officeworks John Gillam will speak about the interaction between Bunnings and the timber industry value chain, including product merchandising, marketing, customer demands and

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Government to push ahead on repeal of heritage list: Colbeck could genuinely be considered of worldheritage quality. “The proposed listing was little more than a Labor/Green land grab designed to shut down the forest industry,” he said. “The proposed listing is a fraud on Tasmanians and Australians and diminishes the value of the world heritage listing process.” Markets For Change successfully established relationships in Japan and the UK with customer companies of Ta Ann Tasmania products, and gave chain of custody advice about where the logs came from in the high conservation value forests of Tasmania. The NGO has stood by its campaigns to inform consumers and customer companies of the environmental credentials of Australian products.

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in The Australian. “They have exemptions for secondary boycott activities under the Consumer and Competition Act. We are going to have a complete review of the Act,” he said. “And one of the things I’d be looking at would be to bring a level playing field back so that environment groups are required to comply with the same requirements as business and industry.” The move has strong backing within the Liberal and Nationals parties, as well as among sections of the ALP, concerned about groups targeting the customers of timber and agricultural products in campaigns against old-growth logging and live-animal exports. Section 45DD of the Act prevents action to hinder or prevent a third person supplying goods to, or buying them from, another person. The law restrains business from unfair dealings and trade unions from dragging third parties into industrial disputes by way of sympathy strikes or trade boycotts. However, section 45DA exempts people from the secondary boycott provisions if their actions are “substantially related to environmental or consumer protection”. The timber industry has long complained about green groups organising boycotts and campaigns to pressure their customers not to accept products sourced from socalled high-conservation-value forests. The tactic has been used successfully in Australia and in Japan to pressure timber companies such as Gunns and Ta Ann Tasmania to shift out of contentious forest areas and to adopt top-flight green certification.

Senator Richard Colbeck .. clearing the way for productive forestry.

Senator Colbeck also said the Coalition would push ahead with its policy to ask UNESCO’s world heritage committee to rescind the recent Gillard government listing of an additional 100,000 ha of Tasmania’s forests. “That was our commitment to the Tasmanian people and we intend to carry through with our commitments,” Senator Colbeck said. “So we will sit down with our departments and work through processes, as far as that is concerned, and look to see how we go about doing it.” He was not swayed by calls from the timber industry – including the CFMEU forest union, Ta Ann and the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania – for the policy to be scrapped because it would jeopardise environmentalists’ support for the sector. The Tasmanian Forest Agreement, a landmark peace deal three years in the making, has seen the peak green groups join industry on joint trade missions to win back markets lost during the so-called forest wars. However, signatories to the deal fear seeking to unwind the world heritage listing at the heart of the agreement would destroy it. But Senator Colbeck asserts areas proposed for listring

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Logs seizure shows EUTR has teeth

Anti-illegal timber legislation is taking root THE seizure of wenge logs in Germany, imported in suspected breach of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), underlines that the anti-illegal timber legislation is having an impact and enforcement measures are taking root. That’s the view of Thomas Goebel, chief executive of German Timber Trade Federation GD Holz. His comments followed the confiscation of the logs by Germany’s EUTR competent authority, the BLE (Federal Office for Agriculture and Food). According to press reports, 57 suspect logs were imported by three German companies from a consignment shipped into Antwerp from the Democratic Republic of Congo by Swiss supplier Bois d’Afrique Mondial

(BAM). A further 32 logs were reported to have gone to Czech and Italian importers. The cargo was tracked by the environmental NGO Greenpeace and BLE were alerted to the timber’s arrival in Germany by FOD Environment, Belgium’s competent authority, after it transited Antwerp. German authorities are still investigating and liaising with Congolese authorities on the timber’s import documentation. But Mr Goebel said the incident already demonstrates that the EUTR and its enforcement framework have teeth. “Through the EUTR and supporting German legislation, we have built an instrument for proving legality of imported timber and wood products,” he said. “And in our obligatory due

timber can be imported or not and ensure they satisfy the Regulation’s legality requirements.” In turn, he said, the BLE has demonstrated it would monitor and enforce application of EUTR due diligence demands.

Thomas Goebel .. a means to clearly define whether timber can be imported or not.

diligence system (DDS), developed in cooperation with the ETTF and now part of our Code of Conduct, GD Holz members have the means to clearly define whether

GD Holz has also developed a quality management system for implementation and inspection of its DDS, which has now been adopted by 80 companies, with 150 buyers trained in its use. It has applied to become an EUTR Monitoring Organisation as well. “We have put huge commitment behind our aim to import only legal, sustainable timber,” said Mr Goebbels. “And we are on track to achieve this.”

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OCTOBER 11: Forest and Wood Products Australian AGM. In conjunction with meeting of the Australian Timber Importers Federation and an industry value chain seminar. An industry dinner is planned for Thursday evening, October 10. Information about the AGM and seminar will be circulated at a later date.Time: 8:30-10:30 am. Venue: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour Hotel, Sydney. Inquiries to Ric Sinclair, FWPA (03) 9927 3200 or 11: Building stronger value chains – Australian timber industry seminar. Time: 10.30 am5 pm. Venue: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour Hotel, Sydney. Joint hosts: Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA); the Australian Timber Importers Federation (ATIF) and Timber Merchants and Building Material Association (TABMA). This will be the industry’s ‘must-attend’ event for 2013. Inquiries to John Halkett, ATIF (02) 9356 3826; Colin Fitzpatrick, TABMA (02) 9277 3100 Ric Sinclair, FWPA (03) 9927 3200 or Eileen Newbury, Leading Edge Events International (03) 9597 0948. Seminar sponsorship inquiries to John Halkett.

11: Australian timber industry annual gala dinner and awards presentation. Time 7:30 pm onwards. Timber and Building Material Association (TABMA) Doltone House, Pyrmont, Sydney. Pre-dinner drinks 6:30 pm. Inquiries to Colin Fitzpatrick, TABMA (02) 9277 3100 or colin@ 12: Precision silviculture in action – Beerburrum field day. Presented by HQ Plantations and Institute of Foresters of Australia members. Time: 9 am-1.30pm. Venue: HQPlantations’ Beerburrum forest office, Red Road, Beerburrum. Lunch sausage sizzle with salads, drinks. Dress: Sturdy walking shoes/boots and sun hats. Helmets and high visibility clothing will be available. HQPlantations has a 99-year lease to manage, harvest and re-grow plantation timber on state-owned lands under AFS and FSC certification. The day will explore the application of precision silviculture in southern pine plantations and cover maximising genetic gain through family and site selection, low-input silviculture and management of southern pine natural regeneration on low quality sites. Contact: Steve Husband on (07) 5488 2127 or 0407 159 874.

NOVEMBER 23: TABMA Queensland timber industry gala dinner. Moda Events Portside Level 2, Portside Wharf Hamilton. Contact Alicia on (07) 3254 3166 or

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MARCH 2014 19: ForestWood 2014. Politics, Policies and Business Impacts. Pan-industry conference jointly hosted by Forest OwnersAssociation, Wood Processors Association, Pine Manufacturers Association, Forest Industry Contractors Association, and supported by Woodco, NZ Farm Forestry Association and the Frame and Truss Manufacturers Association. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington. Registration opens October 2013. Contact conference organisers Paardekooper and Associates on +64 4 562 8259 or email Visit

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Australia’s forest, wood, pulp and paper products industry now has a stronger voice in dealings with government, the community and in key negotiations on the industry’s future, as two peak associations have merged to form a single national association. The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has been formed through the merger of the Australian Plantations Products and Paper Industry Council (A3P) and the National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI). AFPA was established to cover all aspects of Australia’s forest industry: - Forest growing; - Harvest and haulage; - Sawmilling and other wood processing; - Pulp and paper processing; and - Forest product exporting. For more information on the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) or to enquire about membership , please call (02) 6285 3833.

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WoodEXPO bodes well for future

Rare insight into new innovations, new products THE WoodEXPO 2013 series finished on September 13 – and in just two weeks Australian and New Zealand wood producers were given a rare insight into new innovations, new products and new equipment. All were designed to improve local industry’s operating efficiencies – and profitability. “It was a ‘first’ for this region and we were delighted, considering the tough times sawmillers, wood manufacturing and wood panels companies have been through in the 12 months leading up to the event,” director of the Forest Industry Engineering Association Brent Apthorp said More than 1100 delegates registered for the two events in Albury, NSW, and in Rotorua, NZ. “Feedback from exhibitors is being collated and has been invited from delegates to the two shows,” Mr Apthorp said. “Along with feedback collected over the two weeks of the expo, this is going to provide us with a firm platform to evaluate the design of future events for wood producers in the region.” The international competitiveness of local wood producing companies was highlighted in wood processing summits held on the first day or each three-day event.

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WoodEXPO 2013 .. world’s best wood processing and products technologies in Australasia’s own back yard.

Mr Apthorp said Australia last year for example had the highest log costs in the Southern Hemisphere and was the second most expensive producer of softwood lumber. “Longer term, the industry needs to tackle a number of key areas to improve its position - labour costs, labour productivity, the value of product output and mill efficiencies. Unfortunately, innovation hasn’t been a strong point for the industry,” he said. “Immediate innovation is coming at the moment from the equipment manufacturers rather than wood producers. “This was evidenced by the array

of new technology on display. From a recent international study, it appears 0.2-0.4% of revenue is being spent on R&D by forest products companies compared with 4-6% by the equipment suppliers. “The message is very clear – if we’re not innovating we’re not growing.” Mr Apthorp said this was the first event of its type run in Australasia. The support given by the international technology providers to WoodEXPO 2013 had been outstanding. “We deliberately used the same format employed over the last 15 plus years by FIEA,” he said. “By building in two expos to

run in just two weeks, leading international technology and equipment suppliers have been able to justify their travel to this part of the world. “The format enables them to get in front of all major players from both Australia and New Zealand during the expo series. This of course enables local wood producers – site and general managers as well as the mill’s engineering and production staff – to be exposed to the world’s best wood processing and products technologies in their own back yard. “It was obvious local mills took the opportunity of sending a number of staff from their sites to collectively evaluate some of this new technology to their own operation.” WoodEXPO 2013 attracted leading suppliers from Finland, Sweden, Germany, Austria and Italy and a large contingent from the US and Canada, Indonesia, China, New Zealand and Australia. “Delegates came from all of these countries as well as quite a few more so the concept and quality of the event obviously has already struck a chord with suppliers and producers around the world from day one,” Brent Apthorp said.

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Tasmania’s new senator-elect wants to open forests for jobs TASMANIA’S newest senatorelect Jacqui Lambie says she favours “opening up” forest resources and believes the feedback from this will be more jobs in communities around the state. The 42-year-old single mother with two children and former soldier and war veteran advocate squeezed past the Liberals’ third candidate Sally Chandler and sex industry lobbyist Robbie Swan to win a seat in the new Senate. Ms Lambie will enter the Senate in July next year. She gave the fledgling Palmer United Party its first confirmed member of parliament as a new senator from Tasmania. Her election followed that of fellow PUP candidate and former rugby league player Glenn Lazarus who nabbed a Queensland senate spot. The Liberals’ Richard Colbeck and David Bushby were returned at the election, as were Labor senators Carol Brown and Catryna Bilyk. Australian Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson, who took over from former leader Bob Brown when he retired in 2012, also retained his seat. Jacqui Lambie, considered a loose canon in Clive Palmer’s party, said in an ABC interview she supported cutting red tape. “We need to open it right up,” she said. “We’ve got some beautiful resources here in Tasmania and they’re our resources; it’s our sovereignty and we need to get in there and we need to open them up. “And if that means we’ve got to mine it out to get ourselves out of the bundle that we’re in at the moment then we need to get up there and we need to unlock all these areas as much as possible.” Ms Lambie said she believed in keeping old-growth forests. “It’s not an issue. And yep, they’re beautiful and we keep them. But these ones that have only been out there for 20 to 30

years, they’re not old-growth forests. And we’re not locking any more up. And I don’t want to see that going on.” Asked if she would support the Liberals push to allow some logging in world heritage areas she said: “If they’re world heritage areas I think, like myself, many Tasmania’s are prepared to leave that alone. It’s the ones that they claim that are world heritage areas or say that they’re special and they’re actually not special. Jacqui Lambie at the port of Burnie .. forests means jobs for the community.

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Short and sweet: DAFF now simply DA THE federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has had its name shortened to the Department of Agriculture – simply DA. Despite the name change, the department’s operations will remain unchanged, with new Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce responsible for agricultural, forestry pastoral, fishing and food industries and relevant legislation. Parliamentary Secretary and Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck is assisting Mr Joyce. Hunter MP and former Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon will remain the Opposition’s

agricultural spokesman until the Labor leadership is resolved between contenders Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese. The department’s name change reflects moves by the new Abbott government to simplify ministerial roles and titles. In other moves by Prime Minister Tony Abbott to reduce ministerial title inflation, responsibility for Water has been shifted to SA Senator Simon Birmingham who was named assistant to the new Environment Minister Greg Hunt. Mr Abbott said he wanted to

“get away from this idea that unless you have a minister with your specific interest in his or her specific title that there is going to be any lack of concern”. “The fact that not all of these groups are specifically enumerated in ministerial titles doesn’t mean that people aren’t going to get a fair go because, let’s face it, there are some things which are so important that in a sense every minister should be concerned about them,” Mr Abbott said. The department’s agricultural

The department’s name change reflects moves by the new Abbott government to simplify ministerial roles and titles

adaptation and forestry division under first assistant secretary Fran Freeman is responsible for the development and implementation of drought program reform, implementing a range of assistance programs for farmers and farm businesses, assisting farmers to reduce emissions and adapt to a changing climate, and assisting implementation of the government’s forestry policies and programs. The objective of the Department of Agriculture is to foster and enable productive, profitable, internationally competitive and sustainable forest and forest products industries.

‘We need to come back to mining and forestry’ From Page 7

“You know, it re-grows; vegetation that re-grows. And if we can clean up our mess when we’re finished, then we go back in, we clean it up and move on from there. But right now all those resources that we’re sitting on we need to be using them.” Ms Lambie lives in Burnie, which has the fifth largest container port in Australia and along with the forestry industry, provides the main source of revenue for the city.

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Referring to the high unemployment in the city, Ms Lambie said: “We need, once again, to come back to mining. Mining and forestry .. all that, the more jobs there are, that feeds back in the community, that produces more work and better outcomes. “So we need to do that. The other thing is what Tony Abbott’s doing with his Green Corps program. I think it’s wonderful.” New PM Tony Abbott has proposed a 15,000-strong ‘’standing green army’’ and has

pledged to take steps towards a federal takeover of the MurrayDarling Basin. He proposes a permanent, largescale environmental workforce at a potential cost of $750 million a year that would help tackle major restoration and protection projects. Meanwhile, Clive Palmer is threatening to cause chaos in Canberra by suggesting he would be a “fly in, fly out” politician if he wins his Sunshine Coast seat of Fairfax He is drawing up a list of

demands, including talking to Tony Abbott about an overhaul of electoral laws, as he vows to fight parliamentary rules and the Australian Electoral Commission. On the back of this, Jacquie Lambie says she will be more of a “pain in the rear end” than Pauline Hanson when she takes up her post. Mr Palmer is already sparking tensions before entering parliament, with his scrutineers demanding checks of every ballot paper and having heated confrontations with AEC staff.

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Seminar guages trends in timber supply, demand From Page 2

strengths and weaknesses in timber industry supply compared with other building material supply chains. The NSW Minister for Primary Industries and Minister for Small Business Katrina Hodgkinson will address matters related to the development of forestry and wood-processing policy in NSW directed at strengthening business confidence and encouraging investment and innovation in wood processing and marketing. In her presentation, National Housing Supply Council managing director of strategies for change and professor of planning practice at the University of NSW Sue Holliday will cover matters related to trends in housing demand, design, development and provision, plus trends in building ‘styles’, lifestyles, demographics and other relevant issues that intersect with the timber industry value chain. Head of Wood Products Asia-Pacific Management Consulting, Pöyry Management Consulting (Australia) Dr George Goroyias will address trends in timber product supply and demand with a particular focus on the AsiaPacific region, including future

Ron Adams .. joining moderators at Sydney seminar.

supply and related economic parameters, plus other relevant issues that intersect with the timber industry value chain in Australia. The Building Stronger Value Chains seminar is a joint venture between three national timber industry bodies – Forest and Wood Products Australia, the Australian Timber Importers Federation and the Timber and Building Materials Association. The seminar will be a prominent component on the key industry day for 2013 that will also include the FWPA annual general meeting and research forum and the TABMA-hosted annual timber industry gala dinner and awards presentation. Program details: www. building-stronger-value-chains. html

Fire management concerns FIRE management and a reduction in fire-figher numbers in the lower southeast South Australia are worrying the Grant District Council. ForestrySA is in charge of operating a fleet of purpose-built vehicles to fight fires in highdensity forests, but the council says the organisation has reduced the number of fire fighters required to crew the vehicles this season. ForestrySA manages 90,000 ha

of predominantly radiata pine plantation in the Green Triangle and Mount Lofty Ranges regions of the state. Mayor Richard Sage said it would raise its concerns with the state government to ensure the region was properly prepared to tackle bushfires. Forestry SA says its firefighting capacities this season will remain unchanged.

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Giving Wardle Architects of Melbourne recognition at the Federation Square awards dinner are Susan and John Wardle (front) and Stefan Mee, Diego Bekinschtein and James Loder.

Daniel Rafter of Billard Leece Partnership Architects shares pre-dinner refreshments with Georgie Kearney and Daniel Rafter of Llewellyn Vardon.

The subject: designing in wood .. Shane Hicks, national sales and marketing manager, Tilling, Kilsyth, Vic, chats with Ric Sinclair, managing director, Forest and Wood Products Australia. Wood Solutions was platinum sponsor of the Australian Timber Design Awards.

Wood IS love: romantic theme at design awards in Melbourne 280 applaud ‘best ever’ architectural excellence By JIM BOWDEN

Legno amore .. wood is love. “To caress its warm smoothness and also enjoy its roughness is a sensuous happening, says Italian-born architect Andrea Quagliola, who won honours at the Australian Design Awards presentation dinner in Melbourne. Romanticising about wood, Mr Quagliola said it had a beautiful quality that engaged with and transformed light like no other material. “It is fantastico,” said the Perth architect who has woven wood into all his building designs – both in Australia and in Italy. More than 280 wood ‘voyeurs’ gathered at the Zinc Building in Melbourne’s Federation Square on Thursday night, September 19, to express their love of wood at the 14th annual Australian Timber Design Awards that celebrated the work of architects, designers and builders in every state. Looking at the sold-out and well-dressed crowd, it was hard to imagine that many had been put through the ‘economic-

ringer’. Peter Maddison of Grand Designs Australia was an enthusiastic master of ceremonies. “This was the best yet,” said Andrew Dunn, CEO of the Timber Development Association which organised the competition. “Record entries matched or bettered all previous standards for design excellence in timber.” Australian Timber Design Awards: see all the winners at: winners/awards-winners-2013

Il Supremo, the top prize, went to Lend Lease for Melbourne’s Forte at Victoria Harbour, the tallest modern timber apartment building in the world – a superlative example of what can be achieved using the latest generation of engineered

timber products. The judging panel was particularly impressed by the use of cross-laminated timber in the building frame. They expect that Forte will serve as a demonstration to the Australian market of how this revolutionary technology permits the rapid construction of strong, lightweight buildings that may be both tall and wide. Andrea Quagliola, 40, who came from Rome to settle with his wife and daughter in Fremantle, first visited Western Australia 20 years ago as a competitive windsurfer. “I was amazed at how buildings were built totally from timber; in Italy wood is used mostly for interiors and furniture,” he said. His dream to ‘set up shop’ in Australia came with the opening of a satellite office in Perth working with partners Matteo Monteduro and Emiliano Roia

‘Wood has a beautiful quality that engages with and transforms light like no other building material. It is fantastico’ – Andrea Quagliola

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who are based at the head office in Rome, established in 2001. Mr Quagliola, who studied a La Sapienza University in Rome, is an associate professor in architecture at the University of Western Australia and says he enjoys passing on the design and building advantages of engineered wood to architectural students. Mature trees located in the middle of the 2000 sq m site that include a giant karri played an essential part in shaping MORQ’s project, which won the coveted Geoffrey Sanderson Trophy for engineered wood excellence and the Timber Panels Award, both sponsored by the Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia. The entry also picked up the Western Regional Winner Award. Lightweight construction seemed the most appropriate response to the existing trees. However, straw bales were the preferred form of insulation. Cont Page 12

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Representing the Australian Institute of Architects at the design awards in Melbourne are Johanna Gasser, Peter Beratis, Carmel McCormack (general manager, knowledge and programs), and Loren Bates.

Representing Minett Studio in Melbourne are Jo and Diana Rujtecki, Alishia Minett (CEO), and Owen Johnson.

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This required all perimeter walls to be prefabricated as ladderframes and later assembled on site. It also resulted in unusually thick perimeter walls, seldom employed in timber framed buildings. The builder, Tectonics Building Design in Margaret River,

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used grooved and smooth Shadowclad plywood cladding and treated rotary-cut hoop pine plywood throughout the inside of the building – B face 9 mm ceilings and walls, 18 mm flooring and C face 12 mm plywood in the garage area. Exposed Wesbeam LVL features in the 2 deg. pitch roof

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Bronwyn Foord, general manager, Window and Door Industry Council, Sydney, presents the Timber Windows and Doors Award to John Wardle of John Wardle Architects for the Shearer’s Quarters, located on an historic family property on North Bruny Island in southern Tasmania. The internal doors were fabricated from Macrocarpa frames and all external glazed doors and windows were fabricated in western red cedar.

Ken Barrett, national architectural manager, Tilling Group of Companies, presents the Wester Red Cedar Award to David Bylund, unit coordinator, faculty of architectural landscape and visual arts, University of Western Australia, for development of the Cedar House an existing weatherboard workers’ cottage in Western Australia.

Paul Michael, chairman, Timber Development Association (right), presents the Small Budget Projects Award to Niall O’Healaite for the Nunawading Residence, a complete makeover of a 1960s timber-clad home to dramatically improve the function suitable for a young family. The project build cost was achieved for only $90,000.

Ric Sinclair, managing director, Forest and Wood Products Australia (right), presents the Sustainability Award for the Melton Library and Learning Centre by architect Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, accepted by Lance White and Geoff Croker

Architect Virginia Kerridge accepts the Residential Class 1-Best Renovation Award from Shaun Ratcliff, Victorian Association of Forest Industries for Lilyfield Warehouse, an adaption of an industrial and timber building from the 1900s to a family home in Sydney’s inner west. The award was jointly sponsored by VAFI and the NSW Forest Products Association.

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Lexie Hurford of Hurford Hardwoods, Lismore, presents the Interior Fitout-Residential Award to Balmain House by Fox Johnston. Accepting the award on behalf of the architects is Andrew Dunn, CEO, Timber Development Association.

Michael Woodcock, business manager, Cabot’s Premium Woodcare Brands, presents the People’s Choice Award to Nick Cini and John Schout (principal of the Melbourne office of dwp|suters) architects for the Bentleigh Secondary College Meditation and Indigenous Cultural Centre. The building in the school’s forest landscape acts as a piece of furniture – something to sit on and around while students engage in the natural surrounds.

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Ian and Debbie Croshter and James and Madeline Jones give Signature Stairs of Knoxfield, Melbourne a high profile at the timber design awards.

Paul Michael, chairman, Timber Development Association (right), presents the Rising Star Award to Nicholas Cini iof DWP/Sutters Architects for Bentleigh Secondary College of Meditation and Indigenous Culture.

Home design renovator Jan Tierney (centre) shares a dinner table at the awards night with Amy Clark, Chord Studio, Flinders Lane, Melbourne, and Megan Carroll, DP Toscano Architects, Melbourne.

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Melbourne architect Chelsea Scanes (left) catches up with Sandi Kuzman, Geoff Croker and Prudence Ho of FJMT Architects at the big awards night in Melbourne.

Jim Bowden, representing the marketing and education program at Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (right) presents the Timber Panel Award to Andrea Quagliola of MORQ Architects for the Karri Loop House at Margaret River, WA.

Jason O’Hagan, CEO, Weathertex (right) presents the Solid Timber Cladding Award to Andrew Burges for Palm Beach House at Pittwater, north of Sydney. Judges noted the exceptional detail that had gone into the cladding and operable façade.

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Ric and Andrew flex their deltoides During a lull in proceedings at the Australian Timber Design Awards in Melbourne, MC Peter Maddison of Grand Designs Australia invited guests to enter a competition for a good bottle of wine encased in a wooden box. He brought out a section of a log and asked the gathering – a collection of architects, builders, timber types, foresters and industry chiefs – to name the species, its age and the amount of carbon stored within it. Entries were drawn and two finalists stood up – Ric Sinclair of Forest and Wood Products Australia and

Andrew Hurford of Hurford Hardwood, Lismore, NSW. Both correctly named the species – Populus deltoides (eastern cottonwood, the short-lived but fastest-growing commercial forest species in North America) – and the age – 18 years – and both agreed on the carbon store of about 12 kg. In a dividing playoff, Peter Maddison asked for the surface area of the log. Ric Sinclair guessed 2.5 sq m and won, although Andrew asked for a ‘recount’ as his calculation was 1.5 sq m. However, adjudicator Andrew Dunn of TDA tells us the actual surface area of the

log was in fact somewhere between the two numbers guessed. But Ric walked off with the plonk, then decided it should go to either Andrew Dunn of TDA or Jane Letteri, TDA administrator and the gal who worked hard behind the scenes to help make the awards a magnificent success. Jane won the vino in a contest for the greatest applause and whistles. Andrew was consoled by Ric Sinclair; they both missed out on a tipple. In the picture: Peter Maddison (rear) with the competition log, and in front, Andrew Dunn, Jane Letteri and Ric Sinclair.

Ric Sinclair, managing director, Forest and Wood Products Australia (right), representing major sponsor WoodSolutions, congratulates regional winners in the Australian Timber Design Awards, from left, John Chesterman of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer (Best Central Region), Fuller November and Damian Eckersley from Donovan Hill Architects (Best Northern Region), Andrew Nieland of Lend Lease (Best Southern Region), and Andrea Quagliola of MORQ (Best Western Region).

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Seeing more than carbon in forests: new CSIRO research Opportunity to reverse trends in land clearing

‘BEST practice’ carbon farming that considers more than just the carbon in trees is needed if the full benefits of trees in the landscape are to be realised by farmers, landholders, and the community. CSIRO-led research confirms that tree plantings in rural lands have significant potential to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and, if done well, can provide a stream of other benefits to farmers, local communities and the environment. “Schemes which offer economic incentives for growing trees for carbon present an opportunity to reverse trends in land clearing but also to restore ecosystem services – such as pest control, pollination, soil and water conservation – that provide important benefits to farmers and the broader community,” says CSIRO’s Dr Brenda Lin. The removal of trees may have disrupted refuges for native insects that control pests, pollination, carbon sequestration, organic matter accumulation and water and soil conservation which are important for sustainable farming and the environment. “The ability of carbon tree plantings to restore some of these other benefits that support agricultural production may be a key factor in encouraging farmers

Best practice .. land-use models show that policies aimed solely at maximising carbon storage may not produce additional agricultural and environmental benefits.

and landholders to take up this type of carbon farming,” Dr Lin said. “Land-use models show that policies aimed solely at maximising carbon storage may not produce additional agricultural and environmental benefits and may even produce unwanted outcomes for farmers, landowners and communities. “For example, studies of past revegetation in agricultural landscapes show that in some locations intensive single-species (or monoculture) plantations can affect water flows, increase invasive pests and lead to biodiversity loss, be fire prone and have poor growth rates.

Dr Brenda Lin .. benefits to farmers and the broader community.

Poorly located vegetation could reduce the availability of land for food production.” Alternatively, there are many

opportunities for tree plantings, if planned and implemented properly, to provide additional benefits to the farmer beyond just carbon. “By revegetating unused, marginal or degraded cropping land, using multiple species of trees and shrubs, we could see improvements to pest control, pollination and water quality, increased wind protection and reduced soil erosion and salinity,” Dr Lin said. “For example, we know that remnant native vegetation patches that currently persist in agricultural landscapes, if they are well managed and contain few weed species, support a range of insect and spider predators and parasitic wasps that can attack pests of grain crops.” The benefits for local communities and the public could include increased water quality, reduced pesticide use, more habitat for species such as birds, and other cultural benefits. The research, published in the American BioScience journal, highlights the need to better understand these private, public and shared benefits and tradeoffs so that future policies and initiatives encourage ‘best practice’ tree plantings that maximise the positives while also storing carbon.

Canada’s Boreal Forest Agreement hits reset button “WE’RE not out of the woods yet.” In her rush to explain the promise and the peril of the three-yearold Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, Janet Sumner doesn’t even pause to consider her unintended pun. Ms Sumner, the executive director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, is among those heralding a

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‘reset’ in a ground-breaking cooperative experiment between environmental groups and the forestry industry. The agreement, known as the CBFA, could serve as a model for industry and environmental groups that shout past one another while polarising their constituencies and solving nothing. But the agreement has to be shown to produce real results and so far those have

been hard to come by. “We all share that frustration,” Aran O’Carroll, the group’s interim executive director, said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “We set out a very ambitious and aggressive set of milestones.” The 2010 agreement, which currently includes 19 forestry companies and seven environmental organisations,

was coming apart at the seams last spring after two major environmental groups quit and negotiations with Resolute Forest Products reached a stalemate. “This summer all the signatories sat down, reaffirmed their commitment to the agreement and we’ve been working hard over the summer to recalibrate our work plans, identify priorities for our work and set new milestones,” Aran O’Carroll said.

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‘It’s such an exciting time; it feels like the birth of flight – it’s one of those kinds of moments in engineering’

Towers of steel? Look again

THE movement to construct tall buildings largely with wood as an environmentally friendlier alternative to steel and concrete has received a boost from an unusual source – a leading US architectural firm known for its towers of steel and concrete. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the Chicago-based firm that has designed a long list of skyscrapers, including the new One World Trade Centre in Lower Manhattan, has developed a structural system that uses so-called mass timber – columns and thick slabs that are laminated from smaller pieces of wood. In a report this year, the firm showed how the system could be used to build a 42-storey residential tower that would have a lower carbon footprint than a conventional structure. “We’re tall building engineers,” says William Baker, a partner in the firm. “We wanted to see what we can do to help on the sustainability side.” With their system, about 70% of the structural material is wood; most of the rest, including the foundation, is concrete. Benton Johnson, an engineer who worked on the report, said that wooden high-rises could help solve the growing worldwide problem of providing adequate housing to the billions of people who are, or will be, living in cities – while also addressing climate change. “We know that we need to build a lot more buildings,” Mr Johnson said. “And we know that we need to lower CO2.” Until now, tall wooden buildings had been championed by a handful of architects and engineers, mostly from smaller firms overseas and in Canada. They welcomed the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill report.

The Lend Lease Forte apartments in Docklands, Melbourne .. the overall winner of the 2013 Australian Timber Design Awards

“I’m really thrilled that they’re involved with it,” said Michael Green, an architect in Vancouver, British Columbia, who has designed many wooden buildings and, with partners, came up with a different structural system for wooden towers that was detailed in a report last year. “This is the first new way to build in a hundred years. It’s going to take a little time to work through the best way of doing it,” Mr Green said. Few modern tall wooden buildings have been built around the world, and only one, the Forte apartment building completed this year in Melbourne, has reached 10 storeys. Mr Green’s design of a 27.5 m high mixed-use building in Prince George, British Columbia, will make it the tallest wooden building in North America when it is completed next year.

Constructing more and taller towers will require changes in building codes – most of which limit wood structures to four storeys or fewer. Architects, engineers, contractors and, crucially, developers will have to be convinced that wooden buildings can be safe, attractive and profitable. [They are generally more expensive than conventional towers, although in some areas of construction there can be savings because the slabs can be erected quickly]. Fire protection is a particular concern, but advocates for wooden buildings say mass timber does not ignite easily and forms a layer of char that slows burning. They say wooden towers can meet fire safety standards for steel or concrete buildings. Production of steel and concrete produces significant amounts of the greenhouse gas carbon

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dioxide, while wood holds the carbon from CO2 removed from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. So using wood in the structural elements can help offset the carbon emissions from the other parts of the construction process and from the operation of the finished building. A timber tower uses a lot of wood; this is not conventional frame construction, in which two by fours and other thin elements are nailed together, but more akin to building with concrete slabs. The tower in the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill study, for example, would contain about 3.9 million boardfeet of wood; a typical singlefamily home contains less than 20,000 board-feet of framing lumber. The Skidmore, Owings & Merrill system uses glue laminated timber, or glulam, for the building columns, and cross-laminated timber slabs for the central core, floors and shear walls, which provide stiffness against wind loads. But the concept calls for concrete beams along the perimeter of each floor and elsewhere to allow for longer spans and thus more flexibility in floor layouts. Michael Green, in his report, presents a system that could be used to build towers in seismically active areas such as Vancouver. Rather than concrete, he uses some steel beams to allow the building to better respond to earthquake forces and handle wind loads. His feasibility study looked at buildings up to 30 storeys. “But we stopped at 30 storeys only because at the time that was considered so beyond the comprehension of the public,” he said. Science section, New York Times.

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Advance notice

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Alex Young Dekens Trust

Alexandra Jade Young tragically lost her loving parents Louise Dekens and David Young at Coolum on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast on August 21. Louise’s father Anton Dekens was a long-time worker in the Queensland timber industry.

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This trust has been established to aid Alex in counselling assistance; living expenses; and education. The Trust is a Non-Profit, Necessitous Circumstances Fund, managed by three trustees who are required to comply with strict guidelines as to the use of the funds. It is audited by an independent auditor to ensure compliance with the law relating to charities, the trust deed and the trustees’ guidelines.

PLEASE HELP ALEX Donations can be made at any Westpac branch. Alternatively, you can complete an electronic funds transfer using the following details: ACCOUNT NAME: ALEX YOUNG DEKENS TRUST BSB: 034185 ACCOUNT NUMBER: 156954 Once the tax deductibility has been approved, receipts will be issued upon request to Please advise your name, amount paid, date paid, postal address, email and contact number. For further information contact... Gerry Gardiner on 0411 075 134 or Alfred Chapple – Brisbane Hoo-Hoo Club 218 – on 0417 746 522

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