TIMBER UPDATE Q ueensland’s timber industryrecently released technical advice reminding builders of the information they must look for when using structural timber and how to maintain relevant records. Timber Queensland’s Strategic Relations Manager, Clarissa Brandt, said the Queensland timber industry is proud of its record as a responsible supplier of high-quality, fit-for-purpose structural timber products, particularly considering some timber in the industry is proving to be below standard. “Given there is a broad supply chain including from imports, there have been reports of some timber products being used that hadnot beenproperly gradedormarked. This prompted the release of an Advisory Note to explain how to check structural timber building products have the correct claim of compliance,” Mrs Brandt said. “By law, builders and certifiers must check that any structural timber product used on a job complies with Queensland’s non-conforming building product (NCBP) regulations,” she said. Timber Queensland’s new Advisory Note on Structural Timber Product Identification and Traceability provides examples of the brands, labels, stamps or marks required on a product to claim compliance. Typically, this includes compliance against relevant Australian Standards, Code Mark certification or via a Performance Solution. Mrs Brandt said if a structural timber product cannot be identified it should be rejected as non-conforming. “Check the claim of compliance. If it is not correct do not purchase the product or return the delivery to the supplier. Then you need to notify the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) of a suspected non-conforming building product, failure to do so is also a specific offence under NCBP legislation,” she said. Mrs Brandt said builders and certifiers also needed to be able to prove structural timber products used on a job have the correct claim of compliance. “We recommend taking photos of products, keeping dockets and maintaining files to ensure you can prove to the regulator that you have ‘done the right thing’.” Timber Queensland went on to remind the building industry they must pass on information regarding product use and application, through the supply chain to the home owner. “To avoid possible action by the QBCC it is imperative that all in the supply chain, including builders, pass on required information to the ‘next in the chain’, and maintain and file accurate and detailed product identification and traceability information so the use of the product remains conforming for each job,” Mrs Brandt said. K angaroo Island Planta- tion Timbers (KIPT) has reported that thousands of hectares of its forests will be felled, piled and burned and the company will walk away from the industry following the State Government’s decision to reject plans for a port on the island’s north coast, accord- ing to a recent InDaily report. KIPT last month announced plans to revert 18,6967 hectares of its land to agriculture, a decision thatwill involveknockingover and burning about 14,500 hectares of pine and blue gum plantations. The decision comes after State Planning Minister, Vickie Chapman, announced that the government had rejected KIPT’s proposal to develop a $40 million port at Smith Bay. The proposed port was recommended by Minister Chapman’s department that it could be supported, but theMinister vetoed the development due to potential for long- term environmental damage, impact on local businesses and the island’s character. The company says it is open to salvaging some timber, considering the current timber shortages, but will now shift its focus to converting its estate into farmland. KIPThasabout14,500hectares of plantations, about 80 per cent hardwood (blue gum) and 20 per cent softwood pine, which is used to produce structural timber representing close to 10 per cent of the state’s plantations, according to the report. However, the December 2019 fires damaged about 95 per cent of it burning 210,000 hectares – almost half of the island – across a 612-kilometre perimeter. Following the fires, the company received more than $60 million in insurance payouts and has since been in a race against time to salvage the timber and ship it off the island before it rots, according to the report. Also announcing his retirement, KIPT Managing Director Keith Lamb, said in the report that the board had been working up Advice to check the “claim of compliance” on structural timber Kangaroo Island to burn again Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers is set to walk away from the industry. Image source: