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Importance of Local Timber Industry on Show

16th May 2024

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington has been given a ‘behind-the-scenes’ insight into the important role the timber industry plays in the South Burnett.

Deb joined with staff from HQ Plantations to inspect local plantations and to meet with the local businesses who form a major part of the timber supply chain.

“I had the opportunity to get a glimpse into the many facets of our local timber industry, from planting, to harvest and milling,” Deb said.

“These guys might be quiet achievers, but the importance of timber in our region when it comes to employment and economic input cannot be underestimated.

“I was really pleased to meet with three local business, Blackbutt Logging, K&S Contracting and Pro-Pine, all of which play a key role in producing the timber and timber products we rely on.

“All of these businesses are an integral part of our local communities, employing local people, and I’d like to thank them for taking the time to meet with me and highlight the work they do.

“The timber industry played a pioneering role in the development of the South Burnett region, and it is good to know the industry continues to be a key economic driver today.   

“It was also fascinating to learn more about the Araucaria pine species (or hoop Pine) grown by HQ Plantations, and the fact that it is rainforest species endemic to our region.  

“We should all be extremely proud of this amazing local tree species which is drought, pest and disease-resistant, along with producing a knot-free, high strength timber product.

“The block of Araucaria I saw being harvested had been planted about 40-50 years ago and will go on to become anything from structural timber, to floorboards, joinery, furniture, musical instruments, boats, baby cots or toys.

Photo: New Araucaria being planted by K&S Contracting near Blackbutt