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…

1000 year old Chinese structures inspired award-winning student

‘Student architect Monique Pousson wins university Responsible Wood prize’ BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND – 02/12/2019 PASSIONATE about global forest management and sustainable buildings, student architect Monique Pousson was gratified to receive a Responsible Wood award for her performance in structural timber design at a special donors’ lunch in Brisbane last Thursday. Twenty-seven academic and merit awards were presented at at the Lightspace…

Field Trip sees the forest for the trees

‘Leading building professionals participate in landmark Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) Tour’ ALBURY, NEW SOUTH WALES – 28/11/2019                 Finding 20 of Australia’s leading architects, engineers, builders and developers in a Tumbarumba plantation forest, in the heart of the Forestry Corporation of NSW softwood pine plantations is not an everyday sight. But with motivated architects, engineers, builders and developers increasingly looking to…

Responsible Wood a matter of trust for the Australian timber balustrade industry

‘Responsible Wood Director, Mark Thomson, delivers key address at peak Balustrade conference’ LILYDALE, VICTORIA – 28/11/2019 ‘The concept of certification, and its importance in demonstrating the legality of product, is not widely understood in the Australian balustrade industry. Responsible Wood, the Australian Standard for Sustainable Forest Management, provides the balustrade industry with a chain of custody for all timber used…

Responsible Wood growth recognised at PEFC General Assembly

‘PEFC International recognises Responsible Wood as Australia records the 3rd greatest increase in PEFC-certified forest area’ WURZBURG, GERMANY – 14/11/2019 Responsible Wood continues to grow from strength to strength, with the growth of the Australian scheme recognised during the PEFC General Assembly. Meeting in Wurzburg, Germany, the birthplace of the PEFC icon, the PEFC Family gathered to celebrate 20 years…

Responsible Wood welcomes Ukraine and Guyana to the PEFC family

THE PEFC global family gathered in Wurzburg, Germany, last week for Forest Certification Week and the PEFC 24th General Assembly. PEFC Week, from November 11 to 15, has grown as one of the most important annual public dialogues on the future of forest certification and sustainable forest management: the PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue. Under the theme, Certification and Sustainability: from Niche…

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…

And the winner is – Mount Mulligan Lodge

‘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…

View from the USA – Responsible Wood at SFI Conference

Responsible Wood Director, Australian representative and judge at the World Architecture Festival Mark Thomson was invited to present to the 2019 SFI Annual Conference in Richmond, Virginia… RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, USA – 23/10/2019 Covered by Mark Thomson, Responsible Wood Director My first sign of a unique conference experience appeared, when I checked into the Conference Hotel. The Reception issued hotel key…

Responsible Wood AGM, a celebration of forests

‘Responsible Wood’s strength underpinned by growing awareness of forest certification’ MOUNT GAMBIER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA – 22/10/2019 Growing interest in forest certification has provided Responsible Wood, Australia’s largest forest certification scheme, with a platform for continued strength. Speaking at the Responsible Annual General Meeting, hosted for the first time in Mount Gambier in the heart of Australia’s Green Triangle, Responsible Wood…