Latrobe City Council has become the first in Australia to implement a 'Wood Encouragement Policy'.

Date: 24-Apr-14
Author: Chris Philpot

Wood Encouragement Policy © Chris Philpot

Latrobe City Council has taken the first steps to establish a wood encouragement policy for the municipality by running a series of industry consultation workshops.  This will be the first wood encouragement policy in Australia.

Many governments around the world are working hard to find ways to help tackle climate change and already have wood encouragement policies in place. Increasing the amount of responsibly sourced wood used in buildings is one way of helping to tackle climate change.  

Latrobe City ward councillor, Cr Sandy Kam, said that whilst policies that encourage the choice of wood in construction can be found in a number of countries, there is no identified Wood Encouragement Policy in operation in Australia.

"Putting such a policy into practice would be a nationwide first and give us the potential to reduce our carbon footprint as well as generate new business investment."

This is an exciting step in the right direction for the future of wood buildings. 

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Read more about Latrobe City Council's wood policy