The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2015-08-12T23:23:15Z New Timber Plantation Operations Code of Practice for Queensland 2015-08-12T23:23:15Z new-timber-plantation-operations-code-of-practice-for-queensland Rod McInnes, CEO Timber Queensland will launch the Timber Plantation Operations Code of Practice for Queensland tomorrow at the Institute of Foresters of Australia Queensland Division Annual General Meeting.    Mr McInnes said the new Code aims to ensure commercial timber plantations are profitable whilst being environmentally sustainable and socially responsible.   “The Code complements all Acts, regulations, State government policies, local government planning schemes and local laws that relate to the development of new plantation areas, “ said Rod McInnes.   “It really provides everyone involved in running an existing or establishing a new commercial plantation in Queensland with a level playing field,” he said.   “Every person from the landowner, the plantation owner and the plantation manager to the harvest manager and any employees and contractors employed to work in a plantation can access the Code to understand the voluntary standards they should strive to meet.”   Mr McInnes said that the Code is ‘tenure blind’ which means it can be voluntarily applied by plantation operators over any land tenure in Queensland.   In his speech  Mr McInnes will acknowledge the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for their funding support through the Queensland Forest and Timber Industry Plan to develop the new Code.   The Timber Plantation Operations Code of Practice for Queensland is available to download from Timber Queensland’s website at http://www.timberqueensland.com.au/Growing/Plantation-operations-code-of-practice.aspx Wood waste legislation boosts green energy industry 2015-06-24T23:19:39Z wood-waste-legislation-boosts-green-energy-industry Rod McInnes, CEO Timber Queensland said this legitimate use of a biomass waste product is a no-brainer for a society that is trying to move away from dirty energy and increase the use of renewable power.   “The waste can only come from legal and responsibly managed forests certified by the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) and the Forest Stewardship Council,” said Rod McInnes.   “It makes common sense to use offcuts, sawdust and bark that is otherwise left as fuel for bushfires or left to rot as fuel for a green energy industry,” he said.   Mr McInnes said that Australia’s tightly regulated and carefully managed native forestry industry will ensure that, as legislated, the use of native forest wood for the primary purpose of generating renewable electricity is not eligible for renewable energy certificates.    “Those who voted against the legislation have nothing to fear, the notion that forests would ever be harvested for biomass is economic nonsense as there is no sense in a sawmiller incurring costs of approximately $140 tonne to purchase, cut, snig, haul and chip a native forest log to receive around $20 tonne for the chip,” he said.   Building professionals can get burnt using non-conforming building products 2015-06-23T06:30:22Z building-professionals-can-get-burnt-using-non-conforming-building-products Rod McInnes CEO, Timber Queensland said an Australian Industry Group survey found 92 per cent of builders had been offered faulty materials or products. “It’s imperative building professionals understand their responsibility to only specify, use and certify building products, including timber, that are compliant with the National Construction Code - BCA/Australia Standards,” said Rod McInnes. “The consequences of not doing so are too dire and expensive to take the risk,” he said. Mr McInnes said there is certification and quality assurance schemes to assist anyone trying to evaluate product compliance. “Taking the time to understand the various industry ticks of approval that indicate evidence of suitability is a simple way to keep everyone safe,” he said. “For example only timber products that have been grown and manufactured to exacting standards in Queensland can display the Accredited Queensland Timber Product logo.” Master Builders Queensland has produced an excellent resource on construction products and evidence of suitability.  “Timber Queensland has been working with Master Builders Queensland, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission and other industry bodies to ensure businesses have the knowledge required to determine if they are selecting and specifying true to label and fit for purpose materials.”  These schemes, the scale of the non-conforming products issue, the risk it presents business and the State and Federal government response to the problem will be discussed at the Timber Queensland seminar "Fit for purpose timber: using the right tools for the job" in Brisbane on 23 July 2016. Guides to help assess and repair flood damaged timber & cyclone affected sheet metal roofs 2015-02-24T02:26:50Z guides-to-help-assess-and-repair-flood-damaged-timber-amp-cyclone-affected-sheet-metal-roofs Timber Queensland’s Guide to Assessment and Repair of Flood Damaged Timber and Timber Framed Houses provides information about cleaning, inspecting and repairing timber frames, roofs, walls, floors and decks.   Timber Queensland and QBCC’s joint Guide to Repair of Sheet Metal Roofs in Cyclonic Areas has been developed to assist builders and building certifiers in the repair or reconstruction of damaged sheet metal roofs in cyclone areas.  Information is also provided on building and planning approvals when repairing or rebuilding a home. Timber Queensland advises that the Guide to Assessment and Repair of Flood Damaged Timber and Timber Framed Houses is a starting point for home and business owners to gather the information required to rebuild.    “People must note that this is a general guide, each building will have its own issues requiring professional assessment and repair by building contractors,” said Clarissa Brandt, Communications Manager, Timber Queensland.   “Likewise the Guide to Repair of Sheet Metal Roofs in Cyclonic Areasdoes not replace or override any legislative requirements, and it should be read in conjunction with relevant laws, codes and standards,” said Clarissa Brandt.   Both Guides are available at www.timberqueensland.com.au and www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/advice-tropical-cyclone-marcia    ENDS