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Feasibility study for new Green Triangle particle board mill


ONSTRUCTION AND operation of a new particle board mill for the Green Triangle region of south east South Australia could be a step closer now that a study into the proposal has been launched. The OneFortyOne Plantations (OFO) decision follows a rigorous independent assessment commissioned by the company, and builds on a previous study undertaken by the Association of Green Triangle Growers (AGTG) in 2014. The feasibility study will investigate the business and investment case for the greenfield project on land leased by OFO at Tarpeena. It is expected the study will be completed by mid- 2017. If a decision is made to proceed with the project, it could lead to a significant capital investment of around $150 million

to build the new particle board mill to supply domestic and export markets. The new mill could be operational around 2019. Chief Executive Officer Linda Sewell said the feasibility study reflected the company’s positive view about the long term future for the forestry and wood products industry in the Green Triangle. Since the closure of a regional pulp mill in 2011 there has been interest from the industry in effective ways to utilise low end fibre and forest residues already available in the region. The announcement of the feasibility study will enable OFO to discuss the proposal in more detail with government and industry stakeholders to help inform the assessment of its viability. OFO will continue its normal business

Plea for Queensland to adopt wood first policy “Switching to a greater use of timber in buildings can generate significant carbon benefits.” ¢  Timber Queensland Chief Executive Mick Stephens.

THE QUEENSLAND State and Local Governments are being urged to consider wood as the preferred material of choice for all public sector building and construction procurement projects. The plea was made by peak industry body Timber Queensland, which has launched a state-wide ‘wood encouragement’ campaign. Working in conjunction with Planet Ark Environmental Foundation, Timber Queensland Chief Executive Mick Stephens explained how using more wood in building and housing could reduce our carbon footprint. “Timber is a renewable material that uses little energy to produce compared to emission-intensive building materials, such as steel and concrete. rather than rely on fossil fuel inputs, and remove carbon emissions from the atmosphere in the same process,” said Mr Stephens. “Switching to a greater use of timber in buildings can generate significant carbon benefits. “For example, if half of all new residential dwellings built in Queensland in any one year were ‘timber maximised’, 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,” he said. For these reasons, many Governments around the world are adopting a Wood Encouragement Policy (WEP) as part of their procurement practices to better capture carbon abatement benefits in construction. These include New Zealand, Canada, France, Finland and the Netherlands, as well as many local governments in Australia, including the Latrobe City (Victoria), Tumut (NSW), Wattle Range (SA) and Nannup (WA) councils. Currently, these are no councils in Queensland that have such a policy. As part of the campaign launch, Timber Queensland and Planet Ark visited a number of local councils in the south-east region, including the Moreton Bay, Gympie and Fraser Coast Regional Councils, to promote greater awareness of a WEP for sustainable building outcomes. A WEP requires responsibly sourced wood to be considered as the firstchoice construction material in all new-build and refurbishment projects. Such a policy would not mandate the use of wood, but rather require its full consideration as a preferred building material when it is equally fit-forpurpose. “We look forward to promoting a Wood Encouragement Policy in public building and housing procurement, which can assist with the Queensland Government’s Climate Action Plan. We urge the Queensland Government to adopt such a policy as part of the Action Plan,” Mr Stephens said. The increased use of timber also has the added benefit of supporting regional industries, which directly employ more than 13,000 people across the State, and 21,000 indirect jobs.

based around its existing forestry operations in the Green Triangle while the feasibility study is carried out. OneFortyOne Plantations was established in 2012 to invest in plantations and other timber operations in Australia. In October of that year the company acquired the harvesting rights of the Green Triangle plantation estate from the Government of South Australia. The company is owned by Australian and international superannuation or pension funds and is governed by an independent Board. OneFortyOne is an innovative forest grower certified to the Australian Forest Standard. The OneFortyOne team is committed to growth through investing in long-term sustainable assets and actively

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adapting to changing market conditions. In the South-East of South Australia, OneFortyOne has led the establishment of the Association of Green Triangle Growers, bringing together six major growers in the region to develop new processing capacity, which will drive investment and employment growth and build a sustainable local processing industry.

EWPAA ‘gold’ jumps highest bar WOOD TESTING and certification services provided by the Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia are of the highest standard, CEO Dave Gover says. EWPAA-certified products are tested under strict National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accreditation rules and manufacturing processes are audited under a Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ), an accredited product certification program that not all products can claim. “The EWPAA is proud to offer a Type 5 certification scheme, which is the most comprehensive in the industry,” Mr Gover said. “Type 5 certification is about more than just a test certificate; it requires auditing of the manufacturing process, ongoing sampling of product at the point of manufacture for testing, market surveillance and a review of a manufacturer’s commitment to product quality.” EWPAA-certified manufacturers of plywood, LVL, MDF, particleboard, and structural timber carry out audits constantly and their products are independently tested on a regular basis.  “These monitoring activities are what make EWPAA certification so robust,” Mr Gover said. “This level of certification ensures that EWPAA certified products are safe, reliable and fit-for purpose.  “Engineered wood has a wealth of opportunities ahead. The EWPAA’s ‘gold

standard’ for product certification supports this.” EWPAA’s Brisbane laboratory at Eagle Farm is accredited by NATA and tests EWPAA certified products for a full range of structural and physical properties and for formaldehyde emissions and bond quality. The association also operates a JAS-ANZ accredited chain-of-custody program for sustainably sourced timber. “Through manufacturing innovation, robust quality control and conformance to Australasian product standards, the wood products industry is committed to providing a reliable, sustainable, and renewable material for building construction,” Mr Gover said. “Our priorities in developing and strengthening opportunities for timber include measures to ensure products used comply with Australian standards.  “The last thing anyone needs is shonky product in the market.” Mr Gover said structural safety and the health and wellbeing of building occupants must be the priority. The EWPAA brand was a mark of confidence that a timber product met the requirements of Australasian standards. The EWPAA and its members have been long-time advocates of product conformance and honest branding. “Promotion of EWPAA certification to the designer and construction community is fundamental in controlling this risk,” Mr Gover said.

¢  E WPAA laboratory manager Suzie Steiger monitors an Instron machine used for testing the bending strength and stiffness of plywood, particleboard and MDF samples at the Eagle Farm laboratory in Brisbane while new recruit Troy Edwards adjusts calculations on the machine.





Mid-rise switch to timber for improved quality internal framing


HE RISE of timber in Australia, both metaphorically and literally, continues to gain momentum as the building industry acknowledges the environmental, quality, handling and cost benefits in mid-rise residential and commercial construction. RGD Group, like Hyne Timber, is an award winning, privately owned success story, known for its integrity, innovation and high level expertise.

¢  RGD Group - one of many midrise construction sites using Hyne T2 blue finger jointed internal framing.

Nothing confirms this more than their impressive and diverse portfolio of work over the last 35 years including commercial, retail, high, mid and low-rise residential, health care, aged care, education, childcare and industrial projects. As a company not afraid of change for the better, their latest projects in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast have seen the steel internal framing replaced with Hyne Timber T2 Blue, termite resistant, finger jointed framing. RGD Group Director Steve Hopes said the switch to timber was realising many benefits but was predominantly driven by quality assurances for their clients, “As a carpenter originally, I personally prefer working with timber and as a Director of large scale construction projects I have to consider all options to deliver the best result for the customer. “I’ve worked with both timber and steel and find timber framing provides a stronger, cheaper and easier to use building material. “Slam a door in steel frame and it seems flimsy whereas a timber frame provides a solid, quality finish, for example. “The tradesmen prefer it. In fact, they once asked to go back to steel, so we did. But then they immediately wanted to change back to timber which we have now used ever since. “The final fit-out can all be nailed into timber as opposed to screwed so all the trades involved at that stage prefer working with timber also.

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Cracking down on dodgy building materials The Board of Construction Information Systems Limited (NATSPEC) is developing a web portal in response to concerns from government and industry organisations that an increasing number of non-conforming construction materials are being used on Australian buildings. The National Construction Product Register database (NCPR) has been a long time coming considering things like non-conforming structural steel bolts, structural plywood products, copper pipe tubing, fire collars and glass sheets have been on the radar of regulators since 2006. NATSPEC also says more recent concerns like dodgy electrical cables, combustible cladding and products with asbestos have contributed to its decision to set up the NCPR. The portal is expected to be launched before the end of the year and will be a voluntary system freely available to the industry. It will provide verified information on conforming construction products provided by manufacturers and suppliers.  


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“It’s also cheaper meaning savings from using timber can be redirected into other quality finishing’s,” Mr Hopes said. With over 600 residential units either under way or planned all using timber internal framing, RGD Group is at the heart of the South East Queensland ‘multi-res’ boom. By using timber, they also use their own qualified carpenters and plasterers, achieving more quality control throughout the stages of construction. Peter Tregaskis, Hyne Timber’s Customer Manager for Sunshine Mitre 10 who supply RGD Group, met with Steve Hopes at one of the Brisbane job sites to gain further insight. “As Steve, an industry expert, said, the actual handling, cost efficiencies and quality benefits of using timber for their internal structures leaves me wondering why others aren’t using timber also.  “Russell Maher, the Commercial Sales Rep for Sunshine Mitre 10, joined me on the visit to one of RGD Groups sites and we were both impressed with the focus on using timber deliberately and specifically to improve the quality of the finish. “Maybe the selling points of timber in this type of construction have been overlooked in the past, or the industry more broadly is shy of change for the better. “Construction companies wanting to know more about the use of finger jointed, treated timber in this kind of application, should contact a supplier of Hyne Timber products,” Mr Tregaskis said. Suppliers of Hyne Timber can be found on their website at

“Actual handling, cost efficiencies and quality benefits of using timber for internal structures leaves me wondering why others aren’t using timber also.”  In addition to its world class softwood, sawmilling and treatment operations, Hyne Timber specialises in glue laminated (engineered) timber for portal frame structures, providing structural timber solutions and custom design features. The environmental benefits of using sustainably grown, Australian plantation pine should not be overlooked. It’s renewable, waste efficient, biodegradable, non-toxic while locking away carbon. These environmental credentials help to protect the environment for future generations. Hyne Timber prides itself on having no wasted timber; all of the processed pine tree stems are used. The chips produced from the sawing process are sold as fibre, the sawdust is used in their own kilns and the bark ends up in potting mix which is sold back to a plantation nursery to start the sustainable cycle again. Hyne Timber is one of Australia’s largest, privately owned timber manufacturers and a historic icon, now in its 134th year of business.

Major move in woodfiller market

UK mass-produced home factory to start producing soon

Melbourne-based Timbermate Group has acquired long-established rival in the powder filler market, Agnew’s Water Putty. Founded in 1929, the Australian family-owned Agnew’s brand has been synonymous with construction projects over several generations. Timbermate, also 100% Australian-owned, has grown from a small family business to a leading manufacturer and exporter of high-quality, innovative products used predominantly in the cabinet making, flooring, woodworking and furniture industries. The acquisition of Agnew’s is another milestone for Timbermate, which revolutionised the woodfiller industry with the launch of its unique water-based products in 1991. The company now has a wide range of products under the Timbermate and Earl’s labels, all of which are manufactured in Australia using Australian-sourced materials. They are currently distributed in 20 countries, including the USA, Canada, China and India.

The UK’s first mass-produced home factory is expected to fire up production soon, as a financial services firm forges ahead with its plan to reshape the country’s failing housing sector. Ready-to-assemble sections of the cross-laminated timber homes will be delivered like flat-packed Ikea furniture, and prototypes are expected soon. The prototypes, produced by insurance and investment group Legal & General, would be for a threebedroom home and a five-bedroom home.

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Softwood harvest booms as housing and log exports rise From Tim Woods HE NATIONAL softwood plantation harvest is booming and is potentially at the limits of its capacity. Driven by the record boom in the Australian housing market and the continual rise in softwood log exports, the softwood harvest has grown dramatically and appears to be continuing, despite the housing boom starting to slow. In the year-ended July 2016, we have calculated that Australia’s total consumption of sawn softwood was more than 3.44 million cubic metres, up 7.5% from the year-ended July 2015. Australia’s softwood sawmills reported sales (used here as a proxy for production) that totaled 2.93 million cubic metres or more than 12% higher than the prior year. This was likely a little lower than this, taking into account improved reporting and reduced inventories, but in any event, production expanded substantially. Over the same period, always small, Australia’s exports of sawn softwood declined more than 18%, while imports fell by almost 16% for the year-ended July, totaling just 0.77 million cubic metres. As the chart shows every month in in our independent trade and market intelligence report Wood Market Edge, for most months since the beginning of 2014, Australia’s sawn softwood consumption has risen, with some seasonal variations and a few short dips, along the way.


Australian Apparent Consumption of Sawn Softwood: Jul ’13 – Jul ’16 (km3)

Source: ABS, FWPA & IndustryEdge research

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So combined, Australian sawn softwood production and softwood log exports (without even addressing particleboard, plywood and MDF, which are covered each month in Wood Market Edge) mean the Australian softwood harvest has never been larger. It may remain at these highs for some time, but the drivers of demand are starting to demonstrate at least a little softness.

Sawnwood consumption will not rise much more than is already the case, at least not in the current cycle, because despite the incredible housing boom of the last three and a half years, the evidence points to what is now a slowdown. That is good news for Australia and for the softwood processing and harvest sectors, because in the past, the housing market’s usually short-lived booms were followed by immediate busts. The evidence suggests that is not occurring now. Australia is experiencing, as the chart below shows, its longest sustained housing boom. For the year-ended July 2016, Australia’s total new dwelling approvals was 231,472, of which more than 95% will be built. This was just 0.7% higher than for the year-ended July 2015, meaning that the boom sustained itself at more or less the same level for the last two years. The big rise in total approvals is evident in the chart. Australian Residential Dwelling Approvals: Nov ‘10 – Jul ‘16 (units)

All the evidence shows that approvals of four plus storey apartment buildings is slowing, although it will not stop completely. That is not the case for the lower-rise multi-residential dwellings, approvals of which are stable and continually improving. Coupled with free-standing houses, these lower rise apartments represent the primary demand driver for Australia’s sawn softwood supplies. When put together, those more traditional dwelling types and a few ‘mid-rise’ timber buildings of up to perhaps eight storeys, appear set to provide sustained demand for sawn softwood.

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Log exports also booming

Source: ABS

The boom, fuelled by unmet demand for new housing, as well as population growth, has however not followed typical patterns. In large part, this is because the mix of Australia’s housing types has changed so dramatically. We can see this easily in the chart above, where the portion of flats, apartments and townhouses has grown strongly from the year-ended July 2012 (37.1%) to July 2016 (49.9%). Free-standing houses are still the largest share of the total market, and approvals have been growing overall, but dipped by 1.8% in the year-ended July 2016, compared with the prior year. So, growing consumption of sawn softwood cannot be fueled entirely by freestanding houses. When thinking about Australian housing, the temptation is to think of all buildings other than houses as being massive tower apartment blocks, side by side in Sydney and Melbourne. Its true there are plenty of those - and we can see them in the chart below. However, they use very little wood compared to a house or a block of suburban flats or an inner-urban medium density townhouse development, so they haven’t contributed over much to the boom in sawn softwood consumption. Lower-rise, multi-residential blocks 4 storeys, flats and



Australian Log Exports by Species: 2010 – 2016 (km3)

Townhouses, Flats and Apartment Approvals: Nov ‘10 – Jul ‘16 (units)

Housing slows, but not by much

To give the monthly flavor to Australia’s booming demand for sawn softwood products, in July 2016, sales/ production was reported to total 0.26 million cubic metres, falling just short of the apparent record set in May. Exports were 0.02 million cubic metres and imports totaled a stable 0.06 million cubic metres. The month’s apparent consumption rose just above 0.3 milllion cubic metres. If sawn softwood consumption continued at that monthly level for a full year – it will not – annual consumption would rise above 3.60 million cubic metres.

Adding to the data that indicates a booming softwood harvest, Australia’s softwood log exports continue to grow. A picture tells the story best – so the chart below is worth casting an eye over. It shows that for the year-ended June 2016, exports of softwood logs totaled 3.23 million cubic metres, recording a 27.5% increase on the prior year and recording growth for the ninth of the last ten years.

townhouses are also playing a part in the housing boom and will likely provide the long tail that will deliver a soft landing rather than a hard fall.


While the very strong harvest suggested by this data is welcome news, there is also evidence that sawn softwood production has peaked. More significantly, there is evidence that production is at, or near, capacity. That gives rise to two issues of concern. Future demand growth, driven by housing demand and fuelled by population growth must be supplied from somewhere. If that is to be in Australia, more trees are required in softwood plantations and sawmills and other processing facilities need to increase their capacity. Calls for action on plantation establishment from organisations such as the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) and the Forest Industries Advisory Council (FIAC) emphasise the importance of growing the national plantation estate. Meanwhile, record housing, sawnwood consumption and production and softwood log exports continue, with all the regional economic activity that brings. To keep up to date, go to and register for ‘Free Stuff’. Reprinted by agreement with IndustryEdge, the publisher of the monthly, subscription only Wood Market Edge and Pulp & Paper Edge. Go to www. for further updates and complimentary resources.


The ever-changing face of offsite construction Warren McGregor

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E WILL all have our own view as to what we think prefabrication and offsite construction is, and whatever your view is, I suggest that it is unlikely to be wrong. However, I am equally confident in saying that it is increasingly likely to be incomplete or outdated. And that’s a good thing, because new elements are being added to the spectrum of offsite construction all the time. Factory built complete homes, fully fitted apartment and hotel modules captured a lot of the attention early on. And rightly so, as they represented a dramatically different way of achieving the desired built form outcome, with reduced construction time on site being a key advantage. These ‘volumetric’ manufactured buildings continue to offer a range of attractive options with ever increasing design appeal and refinement of construction. Alongside this, there have been many advances occurring in other areas. Bathroom pods, panellised wall, f loor and roof components, a modular wiring systems form (MLEX) and even a modular bridge system form (Lifting Point) are now all part of the mix. Engineered timber products like Glulam, LVL, and cross laminated timber (CLT) provide exciting new design opportunities, as do the recent changes to the national construction

code which now allows timber structures up to 25 metres (eightstoreys). XLam has announced that next year it will open Australia’s first CLT manufacturing plant in Wodonga, Victoria (for clarity, the Lend Lease Design Make factory in Sydney transforms imported CLT blanks into precision cut elements for rapid installation at site.) Bathroom pods – bathroom modules complete with all wiring and plumbing, fixtures and fittings, tilings, glass screens, towel rails, and so on – are being adopted for more residential and student housing projects. They are delivered to site ready to be placed in location and connected of to the building services. Demonstrating their f lexibility, bathroom pod designs can be tailored for small, efficient, and budget conscious student accommodation applications right through to very high-end residential apartment towers. In Europe, bathroom pods have become standard for many of the major hotel chains. In Australia, we can expect increased adoption for high rise residential projects, hospital, retirement and aged care applications. Panellised systems is another active area – think f lat pack buildings. These range from f loor cassettes to complete systems of f loor, wall and roof panels. This is more in the style of the Swedish

Warren McGregor, CEO of prefabAUS (which was established in 2013 as Australia’s peak industry body for off-site construction) takes a look at the changing world of offsite construction. Sourceable

panel systems used in around 80 per cent of their housing. More and more of the European automated panel making equipment is being installed in Australia, so we can look forward to hearing much more about the advantages that these technologies bring. This all adds up to an exciting array of prefabrication options. And more importantly, these new options are being successfully implemented. Demonstrating this, in the last month there were two topping out ceremonies of breakthrough projects. One of these, the Hickory built residential tower at 323 La Trobe Street in Melbourne, is Australia’s tallest prefabricated building at 44 levels. Much of the heavy lifting took of modules place at night to minimise congestion on this busy CBD street during the day as well as help the structure rise at the remarkable rate of two f loors per week. The other is International House at Sydney’s Barangaroo – an eight-level commercial building made from CLT

and Glulam sourced from Europe and wrapped in a glass façade. Although different in many respects such as the structural materials, where the manufacturing occurred, and night works, they did share one very valuable attribute: once each f loor was installed, it was able to be used immediately and safely, without the curing time and back propping associated with conventional concrete structures. We welcome your opinion: Email your feedback to

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XTRAORDINARY IS sometimes over-used -- a superficial superlative, if you like. However, when it comes to the Australian Timber Design Awards, then it isn’t descriptive enough. The awards, now in their 17th year, showcase the plethora of talent this nation has to offer and the choice of timbers, too. The official line describing the competition is that it is a national competition that aims to develop a timber ethos through the encouragement and showcasing of exceptional timber design in a variety of applications, and it does that with aplomb. The gala dinner and awards night was held at Luna Park with the venue

being the heritage listed Crystal Palace. In the beginning in 1935 it was first used as a dodgem car hall. Since then the Crystal Palace has seen many uses over the park’s history, including a dance hall, a BMX track, a games arcade, and a restaurant and bar. Following extensive refurbishment to restore its unique former glory, it was the venue to honor the best in timber design for 2016. “Variety and innovative use of timber .... recycled cladding fits naturally into its surrounds... superbly fabricated ... detailed work undertaken by designers ... complexity of form ... simple and exquisite use of timber” were but a few of the comments from judges when

describing the winning entries. The 2016 overall winner was JAWS Architects – Three Capes Track Cabins. These simple yet elegant fly-in shelters that sit lightly and effortlessly in this dramatic landscape. Components had to be transported by helicopter in 800 kilogram loads and then assembled ‘flat-pack style’ on-site by a small team of carpenters. Judges saw the craftsmanship quality employed in the design and execution of the

construction achieved even though it was such a difficult construction site. Each Award plaque was unique for every category as they had been cut out of slab of timber from a log. The logs were harvested from wind fall trees from properties around Sydney. There was a mixture of Australian hardwood species used with the majority being either Spotted Gum or Sydney Blue Gum.

Australian Certified Timber (Sponsored by Australian Forestry Standard Limited) Law Architects - Woodleigh School Homestead Redevelopment In awarding Australian Certified Timber the judges looked at the way entrants explained how the use of Australian certified timber was a part of the design consideration. One of the key visions for the Woodleigh School Homestead Redevelopment was a commitment to environmental sustainability which required sourcing all local or Australian products wherever possible and ensuring that these products were sustainably sourced and manufactured. This entry explained how Australian Certified timber was a key component to the sustainable outcome desired by the designers. Engineered Timber (Sponsored by Xlam Australia Pty) Morrison & Breytenbach Architects in Association with Circa Morris-Nunn - University Of Tasmania Inveresk Residences Fabricated off-site locally, the prefabricated timber roof and wall sections enabled simultaneous production of multiple components of the building reducing construction times and avoiding scaffolding on site. LVL joists were used as an efficient and environmentally friendly way of spanning the distances required. he project also includes a CLT component used in the common rooms, stairs and all escape paths in the building. The Judges commented that the variety and innovative use of engineered timber in this project made it a clear winner for this category. Fitout Featuring Sliced Decorative Timber Veneers (Sponsored by Briggs Veneer) Zanazan Architecture Studio - Lilly’s Espresso e Cucina The luxurious curved ceiling draws patrons inside while concealing lighting, air conditioning, security and audio services. Glue laminated solid American Oak engineered boards were used for larger surface areas such as bench tops and dining table tops. Then Veneered Crown cut American Oak was chosen to create a clean look and create the impression of solid timber being used.

Photographic acknowledgements Three Capes Track Cabins - Brett Boardman Photography Makan Place - Photographer Jack Lovel Marist College Bendigo Montagne Centre - Bill Conroy, Press 1 Photography 106 Flinders Street - Photographer Peter Clarke Bold Park Aquatic - Emma Van Dordrecht, F22 Photography Henley Square Redevelopment - F22 Photography


The Pieman Collection - Michele Chow and Hydn Cattach Photography CONDEV Reception Space - Photographer David Taylor Lo1 Sydney - Brett Boardman Photography The Farm - Michael Nicholson Photography Sofia & Otto’s Playground - Brett Boardman Photography West End House - Scott Burrows Photographer The Gipson Commons, St Michael’s Grammar School Photographer Architectus Group Pty Ltd



Abbotsleigh Multi-Purpose Assembly & Sports Hall Photographer Tyrone Branigan Inlet House - Nic Granlees Architectural Photography Lilly’s Espresso e Cucina - Photographer Murray Fredericks University Of Tasmania Inveresk Student Residences Thomas – Liam Ryan of Thomas Ryan Photography Woodleigh School Homestead Redevelopment Photographer Drew Echberg


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Recycled Timber (Sponsored by Australian Recycled Timbers) Fergus Scott Architects - The Farm The Farm is designed with a minimal palette of natural materials where rammed earth and recycled timber are the main ingredient. The sculptural rammed earth walls are embedded in the rolling grassland that surround the building and the interiors are defined by the use of recycled timber. All internal walls are lined in weathered recycled hardwood as well as the expansive ceilings and eaves. The recycled timber board elements are meticulously aligned and mitred and the cabinet joinery is typically bookended by panels clad in recycled timber. Timber Cladding (Sponsored by Weathertex) Seeley Architects - Inlet House Colours derived from the surrounding vegetation inspired the material selection with pre-weathered Jarrah cladding providing a subtle grey to the façade. The grey colour of the timber instantly creates a house that appears to have a longevity look seamlessly blending into the salty scrub. This timber is bushfireresistant, durable and low maintenance which is an important consideration for its salt-exposed and fire-prone environment. The judges commented that the weathered recycled cladding fits naturally into its surrounds. Timber Fabrication (Sponsored by Timber Imagineering) Donovan Payne Architects - Bold Park Aquatic Due to the unique bushland setting of the site timber was the only choice to reflect the building’s environment. The light coloured plywood panels offset the powerful dark glulam beams and dark grey roof creating a contrast between the recessive exterior versus the bright and warm interior. As the glulam has very strong grain, the hoop pine’s soft and non-linear grain complements this and doesn’t overpower the space. This bright and warm feel allows the natural light to bounce more effectively to the back of the rooms reducing the reliance on artificial light as compared to using a darker panel. Judges had an easy choice as the structure was superbly fabricated; they particularly noted the use of round glulam struts in the roof plan. Timber Flooring (Sponsored by Hurford Hardwoods) Allen Jack+Cottier - Abbotsleigh Multi-Purpose Assembly & Sports Hall & Sports Field The floor of the sports and assembly hall is predominantly used for basketball, badminton and netball. After extensive investigation the flooring was considered to be the most durable on the market and also required less frequent maintenance than traditional oil or polyurethane floor finished surfaces. Consequently a sprung flooring system was considered to be a fundamental aspect of the brief. Internally, the European oak timber floor anchors the fluid roof canopy and louvers seamlessly connect to the outside capturing breezes and scent from the surrounding forest. The judges noted the detail work undertaken by the designers in ensuring the selection of the floor support system and flooring met the intended use.

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Timber Panels (Sponsored by the Engineered Wood Panel Association of Australasia) Architectus - The Gipson Commons, St Michael’s Grammar School For a school setting the use of plywood wall paneling promotes a calm building environment through its warmth and sound attenuation. The judges noted that the designers used timber because of its beautiful finish but also because it perform a multitude of other purposes such as forming the sun shading externally as well as the acoustic attenuation internally and provided health benefits to its occupants. Plywood has also been used in the joinery to the public spaces and stair balustrades. Timber Veneers (Sponsored by Timber Veneer Association of Australia) Enter Projects - Lot 1, Sydney The project required the selected veneers to be flexible enough to be manipulated into non-orthogonal geometry while being durable enough to withstand the busy commercial environment. As a result, Tasmanian Southern Blue Gum and Tasmanian Wattle Silver veneers were chosen for their physical properties. 3D modelling and laser cutting technology were employed to create the timber forms ‘sweep and motion’ throughout the site. The judges admired the complexity of the form that has been achieved by the creative use of timber veneers. Timber Windows and Doors (Sponsored by the Window and Door Industry Council) Fergus Scott Architects - The Farm Blackbutt timber was chosen for the external door and windows over other materials for operational, detailing and aesthetic values. The typical window jamb was a custom hardwood section with protruding brass fins recessed into the rammed earth walls. The timber frames provide thermal breaks that work with the passive thermal and solar attributes of the building which was a primary design consideration. Residential - Class 1 New Buildings (Sponsored jointly by TimberNSW and Victorian Association of Forest Industries) Richard Kirk Architect - West End House Timber is central to the vision of the residence. Hardwood timber screening to the street and upper level bedrooms affords privacy to the interior while maintaining light and ventilation. Internally the timber language is celebrated with clear finished plywood linings. Recycled structural timber joists and hangers are expressed, defining the intimacy of living areas and providing acoustic timber. Matching timber cabinetry conceals lighting and services while organising adjacent spaces. The Judges found that the project is both a simple and exquisite use of timber. Residential Class 1 - Alteration or Addition (Sponsored by Boral Timber) Gaetano Palmese Architects Sofia and Otto’s Playground The Architect said the primary intention was to create an environmentally sustainable modern Pavilion addition to the existing white painted brick colonial house, which would be contrasting in form, material and colour. Timber cladding provided the natural choice and the harmony of new to old is most apparent looking back to the pavilion from the garden which is described as Sofia and Otto’s Playground. The judges commented the playful use of timber and good compositions of different timber make this project the winner of the category. 10




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Multi Residential (Sponsored jointly by TimberNSW and Victorian Association of Forest Industries) JAWS Architects - Three Capes Track Cabins The cabins provide a welcome shelter for walkers tackling the Three Capes Track within the majestic Tasman Peninsula. JAWS Architects worked closely with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service to develop these simple yet elegant fly-in shelters that sit lightly and effortlessly in this dramatic landscape. Components had to be transported by helicopter in 800 kilogram loads and then assembled ‘flat-pack style’ on-site by a small team of carpenters. Judges saw the craftsmanship quality employed in the design and execution of the construction achieved even though it was such a difficult construction site.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: In this category the judges also awarded a “Highly Commended” to the University of Tasmania Inveresk Residences project by Morrison & Breytenbach Architects in Association with Circa Morris-Nunn. The student apartments which are three storeys high have been constructed from prefabricated timber-framed volumetric boxes connected by four rubber pads used to successfully isolate each unit acoustically. The judges highly commended this project as it explored the many new aspect available to timber construction from volumetric delivery to inclusion of CLT, all in a very cost restrained student accommodation project.

Public or Commercial Buildings (Sponsored by Rotho Blaas) Donovan Payne Architects - Bold Park Aquatic The primary structure of the building is made from radiata pine glulam with thin lamellae to allow for tight radii curves where the roof beams curve down to form the columns. This curved roof also allowed the leaf litter to be flushed to the ground level. In the opposing axis, circular lathed glulam struts support wind loads between rafters while remaining visually recessed as compared to the primary structure. Judges commented that there was a wonderful play of nature and light between the timber and its surroundings. Interior Fitout - Residential (Sponsored by Hurford Wholesale) Fergus Scott Architects - The Farm The soft grey recycled timber surfaces unify the interior and complement the rammed earth walls. They infuse the interiors with a unique quality that is reflective of the landscape. All internal walls are lined in weathered recycled hardwood as are expansive ceilings and eaves. Timber boards on different elements are meticulously aligned and mitred. Eaves and ceiling boards align exactly when seen through high light glass. The judges found that the interior fitout is a blend of materials that contrast well with the timber elements. Interior Fitout – Commercial (Sponsored by the Australian Sustainable Hardwoods) Enter Projects - Lot 1, Sydney 3D modelling and laser cutting technology were used to create the ‘sweeping motion’ throughout the restaurant. Tasmanian Southern Blue Gum and Tasmanian Wattle Silver veneers were chosen for this project for their physical properties as the selected veneers were required to be flexible enough to be manipulated into non-orthogonal geometry while being durable enough to withstand the busy commercial environment. The judges felt the designers where able to turn this space into something special by their stunning use of timber. They also recognised the level craftsmanship required in delivering the final result. Stand - alone - Structure (Sponsored by Design Pine) Studio Workshop - CONDEV Reception Space This reception space features a desk and wall as a composition of contrasting elements. The wall is series of dimensional melunak timber that unfurls over the robust aesthetic of the cantilever steel desk and reclaimed ironbark sleepers. The heavy desk seems to float above the timber floor. The design decision to use timber as the essential component of this reception space results in a place that radiates warmth and interest. The judges commended the artistic shapes achieved by the CNC process in this project and marvelled at the precision and complexity of the project.





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Furniture and Joinery (Sponsored by Hurford Wholesale) Hydrowood - The Pieman Collection The Pieman Collection features the first exclusive range of furniture made using a new source of Australian specialty timbers sustainably salvaged from the hydro lakes of Tasmania. Named for its timber source the collection of Lake Pieman is a unique collaboration of the primary producer, designers and manufacturer, a “paddock to plate” experience rarely seen in the design sector. Judges again had difficulty in choosing a winner as this category has a diverse range of entrants but decided that the quality and style of this collection was worthy of recognition. Landscape (Sponsored by Design Pine) Taylor Cullity Lethlean, Troppo Architects and City of Charles Sturt - Henley Square Redevelopment Henley Square a large public open space in a seaside precinct that has a number of elements including a promenade loop, shade structures and terrace edge and water features. Timber has been extensively used throughout the project. Narrow format timber decking was crucial in realising the fluidity of the Ripple Lounge design concept, and also in its ability to provide a natural, robust and thermally comfortable surface that enables multiple modes of interpretation and engagement. Blackbutt structural timber was used in to the main shade structures overlaid with Cypress battens to provide the shade. Judges admired this project for the good detailing, functionality of architecture and connection between architectural elements. Rising Star (Sponsored by Timber Development Association) Andrew Volkman of Donovan Payne Architects - Bold Park Aquatic As always a difficult category to judge but judges were extremely encouraged by the quality of young designers and their ability to understand and utilise the material timber. Bold Park Aquatic stood out as it was a well resolved design for such a young designer. Judges could see that the entire focus of the project was about Australian timber in the Australian bushland setting. Without the timber the building would have been just like any other Australian Aquatic Centre and largely devoid of a cultural identity. The result is a building where walls and ceilings speak to the joinery and they all refer to the surrounding trees and bushland. Andrew Volkman, the project’s young designer contributed considerably to the design of Bold Park Aquatic. The judges admired this building for proportional use of timber and good composition of the elements. The designer expressing design practices beyond his age. The judges were particularly impressed with the contrasting use of timber in this project. Small Budget Projects (Sponsored by Timber Development Association) Bates Smart - 106 Flinders Street This office is entirely clad in Douglas Fir which creates a welcoming, tranquil and meditative sanctuary. Designed to replicate the environment of the client’s usual workspace in the Dandenongs, the space reflects the client’s timber frame and clad house in the country and brings a much needed respite for inner city working, a veritable modern day haven.

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Sustainability (Supported by Make it Wood - Do Your World Some Good - Planet Ark) Y2Architecture - Marist College Bendigo Montagne Centre Marist College has a rich heritage of connecting to the landscape and utilising its natural materials to create the built form. This College features numerous examples of recycled timber used as elegantly exposed structural elements. The use of local timber species for furniture and landscape features is the central theme throughout the school. The judges in awarding this project as the winner of the Sustainability category said timber was just a part of the overall sustainability solution displayed in the project. The design team had balanced the elements to sustainable design and used timber as a natural extension of this. Judges commented on the “numerous examples of recycled timber used in this project and that it adds character to the structure and speaks of the previous life these elements have served”. Peoples’ Choice Award (Supported by Intergrain High Performance Timber Finishes) PNEU Architects - Makan Place The Makan place restaurant interior design showcases how a traditional Malacca building typology can be infused with a modern Australian hospitality mantra of cordiality and hygiene. The recycled timber used in this project showcases how weathered and repurposed timber can impart a sense of character and hygiene into the design; the irregular tonal variation caused by a random mixture of species works in favour of the façade design. The grinding and smoking of the timber creates crack lines and expose the timber grain which assigns the chronological significance of the timber to the ambiance of the space.

Special Award A departure depart from the usual awards program and acknowledgement of Australian Designers who have produced an outstanding entry but unfortunately does not fit into the context of these Australian Timber Design Awards. The project is located internationally and of course can’t be considered as an Australian project. This project is D1 Timber Canopy by Ken McBryde and Stephanie Smith. A timber canopy shade and cooling structure at the base of the D1 Tower in Dubai. The project was influenced by traditional wind tower technology and passive climate control. The Australian Timber Design Awards recognises D1 Timber Canopy as an outstanding international project. The Australian Timber Design Award (Supported by WoodSolutions) JAWS ARCHITECTS - Three Capes Track Cabins The Three Capes track is a four day walk taking in the magnificent scenery of the Tasman Peninsula on the Tasmania’s south-east coast. In the Three Capes Track Cabins there is a series of simple and elegant accommodation facilities developed in three distinct locations along the track route sitting lightly and effortlessly in this dramatic landscape.  The repeated and preassembled timber components were transported by helicopter in 800 kg loads and then assembled ‘flat-pack style’ on site by a small team of craftsmen. Ergonomic requirements and structural limitations were considered to determine a regular structural grid. Timber integrates well into the bush environment and bushfire resistant species are used for important structural components. The infill walls were designed to be prefabricated and Tasmanian Oak plywood was the ideal durable material with enough flexibility to avoid damage when being transported by helicopter. Timber screens with varying levels of enclosure are slotted in between the standardised timber post and beam frames to provide enclosure, light, ventilation, privacy or spatial separation. Tasmanian Oak Engineered timber flooring was used to form the finished floors providing a warm and welcoming space for hikers to stay overnight.

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¢  Paul Michael (TDA Chairman) presents the Rising Star and also the Small Budget Award to Andrew Volkman and Johan Hermijanto.

¢  The People’s Choice Award (presented by David Higham, GM Intergrain) to Nelson Lee and Arfann Ali (PNEU Architects).

¢  Timber Panels (sponsored by the Engineered Wood Panel Association of Australasia) presented by CEO Dave Gover to Ross Styles and Colin Odbert (Architectus).

¢  Bronwyn Foord, general manager of the Window and Door Industry Council (centre) presents the Timber Windows and Doors Award to Fergus Scott and Caryn McCarthy of Fergus Scott Architects.

¢  Sylvia Pugnaloni, General Manager Rotho Blass Australia, presented the Public or Commercial Buildings Award to Andrew Volkman and Carl Payne (Donovan Payne Architects).

¢  Make it Wood - Do Your World Some Good Planet Ark CEO Paul Klymenko presented the Sustainability Award to Matt Dwyer and Garry Thompson (Y2Architecture).

¢  S pecial Award (Outstanding International Project) D1 Timber Canopy Dubai to Ken McBryde and Stephanie Smith. Ken with the award.

¢  Nick Hewson, technical manager, XLam, presents the Engineered Wood Award to James Morrison and Yvette Breyrenbach of Morrison & Breyrenbach Architects, in association with Circa Morris-Num.

¢  The CEO of the Timber Development Association Andrew Dunn presents the Landscape Award on behalf of Design Pine to Kate Cullity and Greg Norman, representing Taylor Cullity Lethlean, Troppo Architects and the City of Charles Sturt.

¢  Australian Timber Design Award presented by Eileen Newbury, Marketing and Communications Manager of FWPA, to David Parsons (JAWS ARCHITECTS).

¢  Michael Kennedy, managing director, Australian Recycled Timbers, presents the Recycled Timber Award to Fergus Scott and Caryn McCarthy of Fergus Scott Architects.

¢  Rob Nestic, director, Timber Engineering, presents the Timber Fabrication Award to Andrew Volkman and Carl Payne of Donovan Payne Architects.

¢  Residential Class 1 alteration or addition, sponsored by Boral presented by Market Development Manager Clinton Skeoch to Gaetano Palmese (Gaetano Palmese Architects).


¢ Interior Fitout – Commercial Award presented by Australian Sustainable Hardwoods NSW & Queensland Sales Manager Chris Steiner to Patrick Keane (Enter Projects).

¢  Timber Veneers Award, Frank Luiz (TVAA) and Patrick Keane (Enter Projects - Lot 1 Sydney).

¢  A ndrew Hurford (MD Hurtford Wholesalers) presents the Furniture and Joinery Award to Andrew Morgan (Hydrowood).


¢  S imon Dorries, CEO, Australian Forestry Standard Ltd, presents the 2016 AFS Australian Certified Timber Award to Sandy Law of Law Architects, Melbourne.


¢  Stand - alone - Structure, presented by Michael Shadbolt, director of ITI, the provider of Design Pine, to Rory Spence (Studio Workshop).

¢  Juel Briggs, director, Briggs Veneer, Sydney, pesents the award for fitout featuring sliced decorative timber veneers to Shahe Simonian, of Zanazan Architecture Studio, Frenchs Forest, Sydney, for Lily’s Expressos e Cucina


JoeScan introduces new JS-25 X6B scan head for carriage headrigs


OESCAN, Inc., a leading manufacturer of 3-D laser scan heads for sawmills, has released the newest scan head in its JS-25 X-Series, the JS-25 X6B. The JS-25 X6B is a high-performance, sixlaser scanner, specifically designed for high-density, snapshot-scanning of logs on carriage headrigs. Each JS-25 X6B scan head can be mounted endto-end to scan any length of log on six-inch spacing. The JS-25 X6B was designed to make it easy for optimizers and sawmills to upgrade obsolete carriage scanning systems, often reusing the existing scan frame. “Because of our dedication to sawmills, we felt it was important to give sawmills a better option for upgrading obsolete carriage scanning hardware. The JS-25 X6B is an easy upgrade that provides higher scan rates, double the scan density, and is based on the sawmill-proven reliability of the JS-25 platform,” says Joey Nelson, the president and founder of JoeScan. The JS-25 X6B requires only 24VDC and an Ethernet connection for operation. The scanner’s Ethernet interface allows the optimizer to communicate directly with the scanner without special hardware. “The JS-25 X6B’s built-in profile processing eliminates the need for large numbers of PCs to process the image data, resulting in a simpler, more reliable system,” explains Nelson. JoeScan’s scan heads have been made for sawmills since the company introduced its first scanner in 2002. “JoeScan is committed to the sawmill industry,” says Nelson. “We stand behind our products to make sure our scanners are a good long-term investment for sawmills. That’s why every scanner model is backed by a 5-year warranty and a 10-year support life policy to protect against obsolescence,” concludes Nelson.

JoeScan works on the simply philosophy of: • Reliability • 5-year warranty • 10-year product support life policy to protect against obsolescence JoeScan is in a unique position to help customers because it focuses entirely on the sawmill industry and designs its scan heads accordingly. Many suppliers of 3-D scanners to sawmills are now focusing on other markets. Because JoeScan is focused on the long-term needs of sawmills, it backs its products with a 5-year warranty and a 10-year product support life policy and have maintained backward compatibility throughout the product line.


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Clive really was a ‘model’ citizen By Kersten Gentle Executive Officer / FTMA Australia


HAVE always said the best thing about working in the timber industry is the people. Down to earth, funny, straight up, hardworking and honest people. One of the most significant influences within the industry for me was Clive Martella, FTMA Board Member and Director of MB Prefab Framing in Geelong. Clive was an essential person within the FTMA Board.  Not only was he one of the people who worked hard to get the National Association going but he remained a Director throughout his time on the board.  He was my go-to person with technical, production or business issues and he always came through, not only for me, but for other fabricators as he was always willing to share information to improve the standards of the industry and help his competitors. He was also the funniest bastard on the board by far and at every board meeting there was a Clive Bloopers time!  New board members were warned of his humour but no one was ever offended as they knew his humour, even though crude at times, was never malice and always left everyone laughing. Sadly, Clive Thomas Martella passed away in the early hours of Sunday 28 September, 2016, at the young age of 62 after a short but courageous battle with cancer, leaving behind his beloved wife Ruth and three adult children, Catherine 28, Treina 24 and Clive Jnr 21. His funeral, which was held at St Mary’s in Geelong, was the perfect farewell. With seating for 450 and people left standing at the back of the church there was no doubt Clive was loved by many within his family, community and industry. It was fantastic seeing current and past FTMA board members attend as well as timber suppliers, nail plate representatives and other fabricators from Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia all who had great respect for Clive. It was no surprise to hear that Clive was a barman at one stage in his career. I mean, his jokes, wow, they were definitely the best barman jokes you would ever hear but learning that Clive was a male model for Myers, well that nearly knocked me off my chair. Past board member Glen Phillips of Country Truss, recalls Clive telling them this many years ago but they all just laughed thinking it was another one of Clive’s one-liner jokes. MB Prefab was started by Clive Martella Senior and Eric Brew in September 1977. Doug Maxwell, Clive’s brother-in-law, joined the family business in 1983 when Eric retired and Clive joined the company in 1987 as a sales rep, eventually buying in to the business in 1990 when his father retired. Clive and Doug continued to build the business along with the transport business and are well respected within the industry from suppliers, competitors and builders. Clive was always willing


¢  (L-R): Clive Martella, Michael Read (Keith Timbers), Doug Maxwell (MB Prefab) and Phil McCormack (McCormack Hardwood Sales).

to share information on safety or other issues that may help other fabricators as he truly believed in growing the industry and ensuring our industry set high standards. The funeral was long but brilliant as it was full of tributes from those closest to him. We heard funny story after funny story with most stories having to wait until the wake for more laughter where it was safer to repeat some of the things Clive got up to over the years. It is amazing how Clive brought so much joy to so many people and everyone had their own stories to tell. Some serious about how generous he was and how he had helped their family, others about his golf, his involvement in the local community, his devotion to his family and of course his sense of humour. He is the only person I know that had an account at the joke shop and I’d hate to guess how many people he got over the years with his electric shock pen. Clive was never backward in coming forward and it was no surprise that he had the opportunity to have his say at his own funeral via an email he had sent the week before he passed away to his cousin Stephen. Clive gave beautiful tributes to his wife and children expressing the joy and love they provided him and how they were everything to him. He had the chance to say one last thank you for the outstanding care they provided him over the past few months and to give them assurances that everything would be okay. Clive also reflected on his and Doug’s relationship stating that it was stronger than most marriages as even though they had worked with each other for nearly 30 years they had only ever



had one fight which was amazing. Doug, however reflected at the wake that he never recalls ever having a fight with Clive and we think this was Clive’s parting joke! As a parent one could only dream of having such a wonderful influence on your children’s lives to warrant the amazing tributes they gave on the day via cousins. Being described as the greatest influence in their lives, centre of their universe and how proud they were to call their father a hero were only a few of the emotional tributes dedicated to their beloved father Clive on the day. In honour of this amazing man who was a true industry leader, FTMA will present the inaugural Clive Martella Service to Industry Award at the 2017 National Conference in May. We want to ensure that others in the industry that share his same passion, drive and support in seeing the national frame and truss industry innovate and grow are recognised.  I had the honour of telling Clive this before his passing and as expected he said he didn’t need that, as he was a truly humble person but I told him we did, as he has given so much and FTMA wants to ensure his legacy continues.  FTMA extends their love and continued support to Ruth, Cat, Treina, Clive Jnr, Doug, Sue, JulieAnne and the staff at MB Prefab. Rest in Peace Clive. We have no doubt you will have them rolling in the aisles upstairs and we know you will never be forgotten.


Joint timber industry conference and dinner Brian Beecroft Chief Executive Officer TTIA


TIA IS holding the inaugural joint Timber Industry Conference and Dinner with Timber NSW on 17 November 2016 in Sydney. This event is unique and will cover the whole national timber industry supply chain. TTIA is pleased to join with Timber NSW (formerly NSW Forest Products Association) in this opportunity for our respective members and guests to network and catch up with colleagues. It is anticipated this will be an annual event on the timber calendar. Employers in the timber and timber products industry are encouraged to support this event. The conference and dinner will be held at the Sydney Park Pavilion Alan Davidson Oval and will commence at 12 noon for Lunch followed by the conference from 1 – 4.30 pm. A three course gourmet dinner will be preceded by pre-dinner drinks at 6.30 pm. If any employer is interested in further details or wishes to be provided with an attendance form, please contact the TTIA office on (02) 9264 0011 or by email: 

Annual close down Christmas is fast approaching and employers are reminded that it is an employer’s right to send an employee on an annual close-down depending on the applicable modern award, enterprise agreement or, in the case of an award/agreement-free employee, the National Employment Standards. Generally, an employer is required to give employees a period of notice of the annual closedown. A close-down for annual leave over the Christmas-New Year period will usually be affected by a number of statutory public holidays. Public holidays – Christmas-New Year period 2016-17   The public holidays for the Christmas-New Year period 2016-17 are:  Christmas Day (All states and territories except

Victoria) – Sunday 25 December 2016 Boxing Day (Proclamation Day in South Australia) – Monday 26 December 2016 Additional holiday – Tuesday 27 December 2016 New Year’s Day – Sunday 1 January 2017 New Year’s Day – Monday 2 January 2017

Modern awards As part of the four-yearly review of modern awards, the majority of modern awards were varied to provide that an employer may require an employee to take annual leave as part of a close-down of its operations. In addition, awards permit an employer and employee to agree in writing to take annual leave in advance, such as where an employee has insufficient accrual of annual leave to cover the period of an annual close down. Awards now provide that if, on termination of employment, the employee has not accrued an entitlement to cover the period of annual leave taken in advance, the employer may deduct from any money due on termination the deficit between accrued annual leave and annual leave taken in advance. The terms of the applicable modern award should be noted to determine whether annual close down is permitted.

Notice of annual close down Most modern awards, including the Timber Industry Award 2010, require an employer to give four weeks’ notice of the intention to close down for annual leave. This provision is more favourable than a previous provision in the Timber Industry Award that provided for three months’ notice. Some awards may require a longer period of notice. Reference should be made to the applicable modern award or to the TTIA Enquiry Line (02) 9264 0011 to determine the relevant period of notice required to be given to employees when a business is closing down for annual leave. If employees are entitled to other paid leave during the close-down, such as personal/sick leave, this overrides the annual leave. In these circumstances Members are advised to contact the TTIA as employees will require specific evidence and proof of their absence before any form of other paid leave overrides the annual leave period.

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Timber Veneer information service By Peter Llewellyn Technical Representative Timber Veneer Association of Australia (TVAA) UNDERSTANDING THE world of timber veneers can sometimes be a challenge for those outside the industry. There’s a multiplicity of species available, both local and imported, and many ways of laying them onto a substrate – book matched, slip matched, herringboned, to name a few. Then there are more labour-intensive matching techniques, usually hand done, such as the sunburst, where veneers converge to a centre point, and four-way matching commonly used for joining burls. These techniques are explained and illustrated

in reference material published by the Timber Veneer Association of Australia (TVAA), such as the manual titled Veneer. Hard copies of Veneer are available on request free of charge, or it can be downloaded from the Association’s website at Another authoritative guide is the recently released 2nd edition of A Manual for Decorative Wood Veneering Technology. This manual incorporates the latest research results, including advice on dealing with potential discolouration of veneers exposed to UV light. Written by Dr Barbara Ozarska, Leader of the Forest Products Research Group at the University of Melbourne, A Manual for Decorative Wood Veneering Technology deals with all the factors involved in the successful use of wood veneers. If the answer can’t be found in a TVAA publication, or on a member company’s website, the TVAA provides an information service that can be accessed by email or phone. Questions can be emailed to info@, or phoned to 1300 303 982.









Passionate about the consumer information cycle By Eric Siegers PrincipaL, The Timber Hub


ANY PEOPLE think that because you work with architects and builders you don’t need to be too bothered with the “end-user” or the “consumer” as they are more commonly called. Well, in this market place not having a strategy to deal with the end-user comes at your own peril. Why? I hear you ask. It’s simple! The internet has pretty much changed the information cycle for the supply chain. It’s no longer in the hands of one person – in the past the sales reps- it’s now in the hands of the internet. I’m pretty certain many of you are familiar with this information cycle for goods that are important to you. Dr. Google first. Social media. Store visits Talk to some friends with experience Then back to the stores, and experiencing the product as many times as possible

When the time is right walk up to a sales person and tell them what you want with all the details in hand because you have researched and know what you want. Then on to Google and social media to tell the world about your experience. Architects and builders are a microcosm of this cycle, but they are part of the picture because they need to meet the needs of their consumer clients. If we can’t keep the specifiers and implementers happy, the cycle goes into melt down. Finding ways to handle the consumer information cycle is becoming a big opportunity for businesses. Successful businesses lock into the new information cycle. This is why advisory services are popping up all over the place. If you look at some of the largest companies in the world that weren’t here 15 years ago you see a business model that is all about information directed to the consumer. Think of UBER- they have changed

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the taxi industry, yet don’t own a car or cab or any of the normal infrastructure required to run a chauffeuring business. They provide information to the consumer in a way that is easy to use and in tune with what they want. What they have done to the supply chain of the taxi industry is a whole lesson in consumer influence on its own. As is also the case with AirBnB – this company has changed the hotel industry for ever, but hasn’t built or even own an hotel! Again information is the driver. In industry after industry the increasing expectation that information be easily accessible to the consumer is a must in the strategies. We keep breaking milestones in user numbers. We have more architects contacting us than ever - I know this because we have surpassed last year’s total activity already this year with three months to go! Mind you our architectural Wednesdays are a huge success because we focus on information in an easy way and its personal – who doesn’t love that? So the moral is -- supply good information to the target market, but make sure it can be used by the consumer easily and to be perfectly blunt about my intention support the Timber Hub, because this is what we do for the whole of the timber industry.. we just do it with passion!

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VALE Max Wilson IT IS with much sadness we announce the passing of one of our timber industry stalwarts after a battle with cancer. Max was a timber man for over 55 years and will be remembered by many of the people he came into contact with in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s then finally doing his own thing when he took over the timber business of M K Spence & Son up at Silvan in the Dandenong’s. After 10 years Max sold up to take things a little easier and then joined the TMA Timber Advisory Service (now the TimberHub) as an advisor in 2005 until he retired a few months ago. He also loved his golf, taking the dog for a walk and watching his beloved Essendon AFL team. Max was also a long standing and active member of Melbourne Hoo Hoo Club 217. Max will be remembered for his no-nonsense, informal but very knowledgeable approach to looking after visitors, phone enquiries to the Timber Centre showroom. Many a young timber employee will have felt Max’s question “Are you listening to me now, young fella? “ Our thoughts and prayers are with Pam, Amanda, Dean and family. Farewell Max – “diggedadiggedadiggeda “ !!! Sincerely, Eric Siegers

Clair to promote EWPAA and product performance WIDE EXPERIENCE in communications and public relations supports the talents of Clair Hammond who has joined the team at the Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia in Brisbane. Clair has been appointed communications officer and will promote the importance of fitnessfor-purpose, product performance and sustainability that sit behind the EWPAA’s certification mark.  She will also be coordinating internal communications and events among EWPAA members.  Clair graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Business (public relations). After NOVEMBER 2016

¢  Clair Hammond ... promoting the EWPAA brand.

graduation, she worked in publicity and communications for Charlton Brown, a community services agency and training organisation. She moved to Canada in 2014 to live and work on the ski fields of Whistler, combining her passions for travel and the snow. Clair returned to Australia in May this year and is excited to be back in Brisbane and in a role applying her communications knowledge and skills with the EWPAA.


Careful planning ensures TABMA continues to grow By Colin Fitzpatrick Chief Executive Officer Timber & Building Materials Association (Aust.) Ltd


ABMA MANAGEMENT recently presented to the TABMA Australia National Board of Directors a Strategic Plan for the 2016/17, 2017/2018 and 2018/19 fiscal years. The plan provided an overview of the current structure and operations of the TABMA Group of businesses together with an overall assessment against a SWOT analysis and an analysis of the industry and competitors. TABMA is unique in that it is a timber industry association with a national presence representing merchants, retailers, suppliers, manufacturers, frame & truss fabricators, wholesalers and importers. TABMA members receive access to a range of benefits that include government representation at both state and federal levels, networking opportunities, development of labour resources through the TABMA Apprentices & Trainees division (GTO), training of trainees and fee for service training of employees through the FITEC Australia division (RTO) and a valuable new member service that is included in the membership annual fee – TABMA’s Workplace Advice Line whereby members can

call a 1300 number to obtain instant advice on annual and long service leave, wage rates, termination of employment, workers compensation, and discrimination and harassment etc. TABMA also offers a competitively priced WH&S inspection service, group buying discount arrangements and permanent and part time staff placements through a recruitment division. Our credit information bureau, Building Trade Credit (BTC) provides a valuable service to suppliers of credit in the building and construction industry. The database has annual credit sales of over $6 billion. Timber Tallying Pty Ltd provides a unique break bulk handling and distribution service based at Port Kembla, NSW, for the importers of American West Coast Timber. TABMA as a group now employs nationally 27 people directly and has over 260 apprentices and trainees placed in every state of the nation. It is likely that increased positions for field officers, contract trainers and administration support staff will be required over the next three years to assist in sustaining our projected growth.

TABMA’s culture is founded upon 5 core values: Service-ProfessionalismLeadership-Integrity and People. From humble beginnings in 1940, TABMA has in recent years morphed into a dynamic and progressive business organization meeting the needs of its members and the timber industry in general.

TABMA Victoria TABMA continues to make ground in Victoria with placements of apprentices and trainees growing at a rapid rate. As well membership continues to grow exponentially. At this stage we have Rhonda Moore travelling from Sydney to Melbourne for 10 days per month but growth has now enabled us to commence advertising in the Melbourne market for a full time person to take up the role of Field Officer TABMA Victoria. By next issue we hope to have somebody in place and will be able to introduce that person.

FITEC Australia Pty Ltd To capitalize on the national strength of the TABMA name we will shortly be altering the trading name of FITEC to TABMA Training. It is believed this name change will assist in establishing our registered training organization (RTO) in states where it has previously not had a presence. This name change was unanimously passed by the FITEC Board led by Ian Halliday and the TABMA Australia Board led by Peter Hutchison.

TABMA South Australia Every two months, under the leadership of Andrew Bone, our SA Management Committee meets to discuss issues pertinent to that state and how we can further the growth of TABMA in South Australia. With Alicia Oelkers leading a strong on the ground team, working hand in glove with the Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) arm of the Government of South Australia, TABMA is well established in SA and now has almost 30 apprentices and trainees placed with host employers.

TABMA Australia AGM The Annual General Meeting of TABMA Australia Ltd will be held in Sydney on Thursday, 3 November. Notice of the meeting has been sent to all members and members are especially invited to attend.

Queensland Industry Awards Dinner October 15 was the date for the 2016 Queensland industry dinner and the presentation of the TABMA Awards for that state. All award winners are now eligible to become finalists in the 2017 national awards dinner which will be held in Sydney. This year the Queensland dinner, with ITI Qld being the major sponsor, was held at Rydges Southbank.

Melbourne seminar looks at NEW KOMATSU FORKLIFT sustainable timber in building LINE OFFERS COST-SAVING GOVERNMENT AND public building authorities are placing greater emphasis on Australian standards in their regulations to ensure the sustainability, environmental security and legality of products used in the housing and construction industries. “In the world of building and construction, standards help to classify best practices, methods and technical requirements for a safe and sustainable built environment,” says Simon Dorries, CEO of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd, which is organising a sustainable timber in building seminar at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Melbourne on November 24. The seminar, designed for architects and specifiers and building design professionals, will focus on subjects ranging from timber as an environmentally positive material, green star programs and new and innovative wood products to sustainable forest management, environmental product declaration and issues such as finishing, staining and product stability. Tony Arnel, global director of sustainability with Norman Disney & Young and a former chair of the World Green Building Council, will be a keynote speaker. Mr Arnel was founding director of the Green Building Council of

Australia and is a life fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. The seminar will update industry on AFS chain-of-custody standards that track certified material from the forest to the final product. “Chain of custody is especially suited to projects such as new-build commercial and office buildings, private and social housing projects, renovation and refurbishment schemes, and civil engineering projects,” Mr Dorries said. “The simple act of sourcing or purchasing an Australian-branded product can have far-reaching positive implications, not least in terms of sustainable consumption.” Seminar speakers so far confirmed include David Rowlinson, manager of Plant Ark’s Make it Wood and Make it Recycled Campaigns; Steve Mitchell, principal, SM Associates; Dr Alastair Woodard, structural engineer and director of TPC Solutions (Aust) Pty Ltd; Boris Iskra, national codes and standards manager, Forest and Wood Products Australia; and Simon Dorries, CEO, AFS Ltd. Seminar registration information – contact AFS Ltd, PO Box 786, New Farm, Q 4005. Tel: +61 7 3359 1758 or email: info@forestrystandard.


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