Author: Chris Philpot
The Tasmanian Greens have announced a plan to create the foundation for a north-west Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) manufacturing industry based on the established plantation resource, to assist in the construction of new public housing homes for low income Tasmanians.
Greens Leader Nick McKim MP said the Greens' $11.5 million plan would create jobs for local forestry and manufacturing workers, sawmillers, log haulers, designers, engineers, builders and tradespeople.
"The Greens have a plan which will see long-term guaranteed demand for CLT in Braddon to create jobs for local timber workers, builders and businesses, and which will help address the shortage of modern affordable and energy efficient housing for Tasmanians," Mr McKim said.
"We are proposing that the local hardwood and softwood plantation resource be utilised to produce cross laminated timber, to be prioritised in the construction of new Housing Tasmania homes."
"We would require Housing Tasmania to utilise local CLT houses when they build new homes, and this guaranteed demand will underpin the offering of tenders to the private sector to invest in upgrading existing facilities or develop a new stand alone CLT manufacturing industry."
"The north-west has the opportunity to lead Australia by establishing a new stand alone CLT manufacturing facility here in Braddon which would be a first for the nation," Greens Member for Braddon, Paul ‘Basil' O'Halloran said.
The Tasmanian Grown and Built Houses, for Tasmanians to Live in policy initiative can be downloaded from the Tasmanian Greens MPs website: http://tasmps.greens.org.au/content/tasmanian-greens-policy-initiative-30