Timber Communities Australia pays tribute to Mr Colin Wooster, a stalwart of the NSW north coast timber community from Casino, NSW, who retires today after a life time working in timber.
To mark the World Wood Day on 21s March, TCA is celebrating the achievements of the dedicated men and women working in this proud sector across Australia. They produce wonderful timber products that make up much of Australia’s contemporary and heritage built landscape. So many beautiful cottages and houses, schools, bridges, community halls, wharves, fences, sporting field grandstands, railway stations, signs and furniture contain timber from the carefully managed forests we love.
World Wood Day is the perfect reminder that timber is carbon and environmentally friendly. Australia has rigorous forest management and harvesting laws, with internationally recognised and accredited forestry practices. Our people in this industry want others to know these things.
Colin is clocking off from 17 years of loyal service with the Casino sawmill owned by Hurford Hardwoods. He began in the timber industry in 1964 following in his father’s footsteps. He has given a lifetime of service to the industry and was presented with a Seniors Local Achievement Award this week for his efforts with local community activities. “That was a shock to be honest,” he said, “I do things because I want to, not for pats on the back.”
Colin’s yard receives the raw material timbers ready for milling and conversion into beautiful hardwood timber flooring. “Thousands of Australian homes, apartments, office and other public buildings would feature flooring which Colin and his team has played a part in producing,” said Ms Murray.
Colin points to much higher regulation and Codes of Conduct now, compared to when he started out, plus modern, safer equipment.
“We congratulate Colin wholeheartedly, as he hands over the management reins of the log yard which he’s held for so long. We also join Colin in the hope that the younger people following in his footsteps can have a bright future.”
If you use timber in your home you are being environmentally friendly and tapping into three carbon positives, “I call it ‘threes from trees’, says Ms Murray. “One – the growing trees take in and store carbon dioxide. Two – the furniture and other wood products made from the harvested trees keep on storing carbon. Three – every Australian tree commercially harvested is replaced with another seed or seedling to grow the next tree. So the positive carbon cycle keeps going.”
Happy World Wood Day!