Peak industry body Timber Queensland has a new board as the industry gets set for stronger lobbying of government for better practices in response to stronger take up of this material.

 New chair is James Hyne, stakeholder engagement manager for Hyne Timber and the new deputy chair is Paul Bidwell, deputy chief executive for Master Builders Queensland.

Mr Hyne said his organisation was looking forward to the launch of the Queensland Parliamentary Friends of the Queensland Forest and Timber Industry Network in 2019.

Timber Queensland chief executive officer Mick Stephens said priorities for the board included long-term resource security and manufacturing competitiveness, including low cost energy and opportunities such as promotion of bioenergy.

“Now, more than ever before, our industry’s future rests on government decisions that will be made during the next few years. These decisions will impact resource availability and will influence manufacturing investment and the use of our products in the built environment,” Mr Stephens said.

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