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State backs timber for building

All Tasmanian Government projects will now be required to consider locally sourced timber in project design following the adoption of the Tasmanian Wood Encouragement Policy, foreshadowed in last year’s Budget. The Minister for Building and Construction, Guy Barnett, said: “In a first for any Australian State, the policy means wood will need to be considered for use in future public building projects, leading to a wide range of new opportunities to utilise Tasmanian timber.” Mr Barnett was speaking at Federal Group’s newly completed MACq 01 Hotel, which features Tasmanian timbers on exterior and interior finishes. Mr Barnett said the hotel was an example of how building projects could add value to sustainably sourced wood. Planet Ark’s Make It Wood Campaign Manager, David Rowlinson, said: “Responsibly sourced, certified timber is the only major building material that helps tackle climate change.” Mr Rowlinson hopes other States will follow Tasmania’s lead.

4 July 2017, Edition 185

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