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The timber industry often takes the blame for the degradation of Australian forests, but a closer look reveals the truth: no one is more concerned about the sustainability of timber supplies than the industry that relies on timber for its livelihood.

A recent article in the Brisbane Courier Mail highlights the timber industry’s concerns about the future of the industry in Queensland.  Arguing that it takes up to 30 years for a timber plantation to mature, the industry is looking for solutions to encourage private enterprise to invest in plantations for the long term good of the industry and to ensure that Australia produces enough timber to satisfy demand into the distant future. Amongst the measures chief executive Rod McInnes is recommending on behalf of Timber Queensland are:

  • timber-industry-australiaThat the State Government grant up to 100,000 hectares of land for forests.
  • For the mining industry to consider planting commercially viable timbers on land it is rehabilitating.
  • That the dairy industry plant trees on land no longer being used for grazing.

Timber Queensland points out that currently, only 70 percent of Queensland’s timber needs are met by local enterprises, with the shortfall being taken up by imported timbers. If nothing is done, the balance will shift even further towards timber importation.

Of course, there are at least 2 sides to any argument and in a democratic society, issues like these won’t be sorted out overnight, but the story highlights the change in attitude towards one of our most precious resources that is taking place throughout Australia and the world. Once plentiful timber resources are diminishing rapidly and those who are often blamed for exploiting timber resources for short term gain are in many cases actually at the forefront of efforts to protect existing stands of timber and encourage a sustainable and environmentally friendly timber industry.

While this environmental sensitivity on the part of the timber industry may come as a surprise to some, it comes as no surprise to the master cabinet makers at Allkind Joinery. To them, timber is not just a resource to be harvested and discarded: it is a precious resource to be treated with care and respect.

Those who know timber best also know that it is potentially our most environmentally friendly and sustainable building resource. As was pointed out in Timber Doors and Windows: A Sustainable Choice For Your Home, by Allkind company director Richard Travers, well made timber doors and windows have a number of environmental advantages over other door and window materials:

  • Well made timber doors and windows can last for generations.
  • Timber doors and windows do not conduct heat and hence provide far greater insulation than other materials. Greater insulation equates to reduced energy consumption.
  • Processing timber produces little or no environmental pollution. This is in stark contrast to the production of aluminium, plastic and other modern materials.

When you look at timber through the eyes of those who work with it every day, you see it as far more than just a building material, but as a sustainable, renewable resource that is potentially a major key to an environmentally friendly future. Not only that, but timber joinery products are “evergreen” and never go out of style. You may regret saving a few dollars on the purchase of cheap aluminium doors and windows, but you will never regret the decision to buy timber doors and windows made by the master cabinet makers at Allkind Joinery.  

Please call us toll free on 1800 757 949 with any questions you may have on Timber Architectural Joinery, our friendly staff are always happy to help with any advice you need.

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