Tasmanian Wood Encouragement Policy
On 26 May, 2016 the Minister for Forestry, announced that the Government will be:
- “developing the State’s first ever policy to encourage the use of more timber and timber products in Government projects. In combination with changes recently to the National Construction Code to allow for timber products such as CLT to be utilised in more construction projects and our Buy Local Policy, this should provide opportunity for our local industry and promote a shift towards viewing wood as a first choice for construction, interior design and daily living.”
The Tasmanian Wood Encouragement Policy (the Policy) has been launched by the Minister for Resources, Hon Guy Barnett and will now be incorporated as a procurement policy within the Tasmanian Government Treasurer’s Instructions.
The Policy ensures sustainably sourced wood is fully considered, where feasible, in Tasmanian Government procurement, particularly for new buildings and refurbishment projects. It does not mandate wood, but rather seeks to ensure that wood is considered as a key design component where:
- it represents value for money
- it provides appropriate quality and functionality
- it complies with the Buy Local Policy
- there are no technical or performance reasons for not considering wood; and
- it complies with relevant Australian Standards.
Development of the Policy was supported by a sub-committee of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Forestry and informed through extensive consultation with industry and government stakeholders.
The contribution of the Latrobe Council (Victoria) is particularly noted in allowing the use of substantial elements of their Wood Encouragement Policy.
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