Sustainable Forest Management and the Eastern Brown kiwi

TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND – 13/03/2020 The kiwi is New Zealand’s unmistakeable national icon – a bird cherished by all New Zealand cultures and especially treasured by Māori… Two hundred years ago, an estimated 12 million kiwi roamed New Zealand’s forests and the night air echoed with their distinguishable calls. Today, the kiwi is under threat with the population now numbering…

A lodge like no other…

AHURIRI VALLEY, NEW ZEALAND – 28/02/2020 Introducing The Lindis, New Zealand’s very own slice of heaven… Set in the majestic Ahuriri Valley in the New Zealand’s South Island, the lodge blends so perfectly with the surrounds that you’d be forgiven for missing it. A five-bedroom masterpiece the site is exposed to an extreme climate range from plus 35 degrees in…

Life-saving re-build for iconic surf club

PORTSEA, VICTORIA – 10/12/2019 Portsea Surf Life Saving Club describes its location as “one of the most unforgiving environments in Australia” and the Mt Levy Beach it overlooks as “challenging”. People may recall it was from nearby Cheviot Beach that Prime Minister Harold Holt never returned after his regular morning swim in 1967… Since 1949, Portsea SLSC members have been…

Behold Ghost Mushroom Lane, the not-so-hidden treasure in the forests

‘ForestrySA and OneFortyOne  combine in unique collaboration to bring Ghost Mushroom Lane to life’ Ghost Mushroom Lane is fast establishing itself as a ‘must-see’ tourist attraction. The subject of extensive media coverage, with more than 65,000 visitations over the last three years, but behind the tourism Ghost Mushroom Lane is a demonstration of sustainable forest management in action.   The aptly…

Exclusive: At the forefront of outback luxury

A luxury resort in central Queensland has taken “getting away from it all” to a whole new level. MOUNT MULLIGAN, QUEENSLAND – 08/11/2019 Nestled in rugged terrain, Mount Mulligan Lodge is located on a remote 28,000-hecatre cattle property and is only accessible by a 35-minute helicopter ride or a 3-hour 4WD journey along unsealed roads from Cairns. Every room offers…

From the archives – All hands on deck!

Responsible Wood took to the archives as it prepares for the next instalment of the Australian Timber Design Awards. What better than to look at last year’s entrant, All Hands Brewing House, the winners of the 2018 Australian Timber Design – Australian Certified Timber category… Once a wharf bustling with ferries, colliers, passenger and cargo steamers, tugs, tall sailing ships…

Treehouse on the goldfields

Treehouse a diamond in a city of gold… BALLARAT, VICTORIA – 10/10/2019 Many of those flocking to the Victorian goldfields to seek their fortune initially set up tents made of thick canvas that offered little protection from the elements and surrounding wildlife. Even families who spent time setting up a more permanent home were basically living in huts made of…

The shack reimagined

Trio of timber cabins get back to basics on the Tasmanian coast DENSION RIVULET, TASMANIA – 02/10/2019 Shack culture is not unique to Tasmania with beach shack communities in W.A and Queensland achieving heritage status in recent years however it is firmly entrenched in the state’s history. Almost everyone with a family history on the island state has had access…

The best of both worlds…

Timber the star of Victoria’s most popular attraction… PHILLIP ISLAND VICTORIA, 19/09/2019 – Victoria’s most-visited tourism destination has a new award-winning visitor centre which uses timber, in part, to achieve a delicate balance between landscape and built form and between people and one of the country’s most vulnerable wildlife habitats. Achieving this balance was part of the challenge facing architects…

Exclusive: Sydney Metro Northwest sets benchmark with project certification

Acknowledging and rewarding environmentally sustainable choices made in the construction industry is becoming increasingly important as the demand for greater sustainability grows among end consumers, government, developers and specifiers. The most effective way for timber growers and manufacturers to provide proof of the sustainability of any timber product is through certification by an independent, recognised accreditation body such as the…