New green timber rules deemed fair

CHANGES to ‘green’ forestry accreditation has come as a huge relief to Jim Bindon, CEO of Grafton plywood mill Big River Group, who says his company lost $3 million worth of business under the old regime.

Previous standards adopted by Australia’s Green Building Council meant tried and true customers could not buy State Forest managed timber products if they wanted to comply with certain green building standards.

Contracts to supply form ply for such projects as the Melbourne Convention Centre, some corporate projects in Sydney’s CBD and in Brisbane were rejected simply because Big River Group sourced its veneers from NSW-managed forests.

Yet other products, some imported from the Solomons, were deemed suitably ‘green’.

Mr Bindon said the alterations to the standards were a win for ‘common sense’.

“NSW managed forests are among the most sustainable in the world,” he said. “It was just crazy.”



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