It is only since the industrial revolution that we have become predominantly a petroleumbased
society; for over ten thousand years we were a bio-based society. There are many
indications that suggest that we are heading back to a bio-based society.
Timber has been a major component of this reversal, being used in a variety of
applications such as engineered wood as a replacement for steel and concrete in
building construction; as a source for bioenergy (renewable energy made from organic
material); and nanocellulose, which has properties which makes it suitable for a wide
array of applications, such as paper and cardboard, coatings and films, reinforcing
plastics, paints, foams and packaging.
Critical to the success and viability of timber in all of these applications is the need
to only use certified timber to ensure that forest management and chain of custody
requirements are rigidly adhered to.
David Rawlinson – Wood and Paper Programs Manager, Planet Ark
Responsibly and ethically-sourced timber is a truly renewable building resource.
Australia’s property and construction industry has embraced innovative wood products,
such as cross-laminated timber (CLT), to build faster, cheaper and more sustainably.
The Green Star-rated Forté in Melbourne, for example, is the world’s tallest timber high
rise building. By using CLT, Forte has eliminated 1,450 tonnes of carbon dioxide from
the atmosphere – that’s the equivalent of taking 345 cars off the road for a whole year.
The building isn’t just good for the environment. Forté’s energy efficient design saves
residents roughly $300 each year on their power costs. Buildings like Forté showcase
the possibilities when we are smart with our sustainable resources and may be the start
of a new timber revolution.
Romilly Madew, Chief Executive Officer, Green Building Council of Australia
Coming from a proud timber community and having members of my family involved
in forestry for many years, I’ve always appreciated the diverse and interesting
opportunities a career in forestry can deliver. I joined the NSW Forestry Commission
as a teenager because I love the bush and I’ve now completed both high school and
my forestry degree while working in local forests, and am working towards my Master’s
degree in forestry. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with and learn from many people
over the years and what shines through is the passion they all have for both the forest
environment and the timber products our forests produce. This passion is what makes
this an incredible industry to be a part of, and it’s what I think ensures the future of our
industry is in great hands.
Billie-Jo Brown, Forestry Corporation of NSW Hardwood Forests Division,
After more than 50 years working in State forests I’ve personally had a hand in planting
millions of trees, many of which have long ago been harvested and turned into homes.
This work is constantly changing and even after half a century no two days are the
same, which is what makes my job exciting. There’s nothing quite like being out in the
bush working with a great bunch of people from all walks of life and I hope many others
will have the opportunity to enjoy working in our forests for as long as I have.
Bill Klower, Forestry Corporation of NSW Softwood Plantations Division, Bathurst
Congratulations to the Forestry Corporation of NSW on 100 years. Actually more
than congratulations - thanks as well. Thanks for the decades of harvesting and
the matching decades of replanting so the trees keep coming back. Thanks for the
diligent weed and pest management. For the scorching summers of firefighting and
the icy winters clearing our country roads. Thanks for the bridges, the houses, the
telephone poles, the railway sleepers, the paper and the furniture. Thanks for the
animals, the birdlife, the walking tracks and the views.
That you are celebrating one hundred years is both a testament to the
sustainable, renewable nature of your raw material and also the persistently careful
way you do business; relentlessly replanting and renewing wherever you have been.
Because of that approach, in another 100 years future generations will also be
able to say well done and thanks.
Ross Hampton, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Forest Products Association