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Back local supply of natural materials

Back local supply of natural materials

HIA recommends the next Queensland Government:

  • Immediately renew the SEQFA
  • Sign off on new 20-year State wood supply contracts
  • Provide certainty
  • Demonstrate ongoing support for private forestry education

The supporting structures of most homes in Queensland are made of timber. Timber is a renewable, carbon-sinking, durable, natural and highly user-friendly building product.

The traditional Queenslander was founded on the use of native timber species. The renovations and extensions market (approximately 40% of the total housing economy), as well as new housing and infrastructure projects, continue to extensively utilise hardwood timber products.

HIA is extremely concerned about failure by government to renew the SouthEast Queensland Forest Agreement (SEQFA) to ensure the ongoing resource security for the native hardwood timber industry.

More than 2000 regional jobs in the South-East region alone and $142 million in new mill investments are currently at risk through failure to implement the Native Timber Action plan as agreed by government in 2019.

HIA urges all political parties to commit to ensuring continued availability of locally abundant and sustainably managed native hardwood supply for essential home building products such as flooring, decking, cladding and structural posts and beams.

HIA endorses the recommendations of Timber Queensland.

  • Immediately renew the SEQFA in consultation with Timber Queensland.

  • Sign off on new 20-year State wood supply contracts to industry for the South-East Region immediately, and subsequently for the Central Queensland and North Queensland regions.
  • Provide certainty for private forestry owners to manage and invest in the responsible management of their forests by providing a long-term right to harvest, in accordance with the appropriate code of practice and/or management plan.
  • Demonstrate ongoing support for private forestry education and extension services so that farmers and landowners, including traditional owners, can implement best forest management practices to increase timber yields, profitability and related environmental benefits such as reduced land clearing for other uses.
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