‘Central Queensland cattle lodge claims coveted Australian Certified Timber award at 2019 Timber Design Awards’
MELBOURNE, VICTORIA – 17/10/2019
Covered by Jason Ross, Responsible Wood Marketing and Communications Officer
Mount Mulligan Lodge is something special.
Set in the rugged terrain of remote Queensland, on a cattle property only accessible by helicopter or by off-round 4WD, it is a project that set tongues wagging at the Timber Design Awards in Melbourne.
Indeed Mount Mulligan Lodge was a worthy winner of the coveted Australian Certified Timber category for 2019, sponsored by Responsible Wood, Australia’s largest forest certification scheme.
In the words of David Dubios of Dubios Building Design and Interior Architecture, the use of Australian sourced and certified timber was all-important in capturing the earthiness and authenticity of the project.
‘Where possible it was important to showcase Australian timber species, particularly the Queensland Spotted Gum species.’
With around 75% of the timber used on the project certification through the Australian certification body Responsible Wood or through the international certification body Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) David Dubios can support talk with action.
The first of 27 awards presented on the night, the Australian Certified Timber award celebrates building projects that best showcase our native certified timbers.
In the case of Mount Mulligan Lodge all reception and guest room bungalows were constructed with a mix of recycled ironbark, and spotted gum used for the structure, cladding, desking and internal flooring.
Along with all timber sustainably sourced and compliant with Australian Standards for sustainable forest management (i.e. Responsible Wood) as a necessity for the project.
And for David Dubios and the Mount Mulligan Lodge team, the Timber Design Awards was cause for double celebration.
Along with the Australian Certified Timber Award, the project was also awarded the Recycled Timber Award.
Indeed the primary structure and elements of the pavilion were constructed using salvaged ironbark, sourced from the demolition of the old Pyrmont Bay Wharf on the Sydney Harbour.
These salvaged timbers were re-used their original cross-sectional size, with notching, rusted bolts and brackets left as features in the new building structure.
Mount Mulligan Lodge really is a project that captures the essence of environmental sustainability.