Planet Ark News - Donated timber improves community facilities at Nambucca Heads and Macksville
Planet Ark News

Donated timber improves community facilities at Nambucca Heads and Macksville

Date: 06-Jul-20
Author: David Rowlinson

Ryan Ellis, Partnership Leader - Forestry Corporation NSW with staff of Nambucca Valley Council © David Rowlinson

Ryan Ellis, Partnership Leader - Forestry Corporation NSW with staff of Nambucca Valley Council

A partnership between Forestry Corporation of NSW, Boral and Nambucca Shire Council will see donated timber enhance community facilities in Nambucca and Macksville. The Community Timber Partnerships program will see around $50,000 of donated timber used to enhance the public spaces for the community’s benefit, said Forestry Corporation Partnerships Leader, Ryan Ellis.

“This program was formed by Forestry Corporation, Boral Timber and Planet Ark to salvage around 1,000 cubic metres of flooring and decking products impacted by the Murwillumbah floods in 2017,” Mr. Ellis said.

“We’re pleased to donate 10 packs of timber to Nambucca Shire Council to enhance a range of local projects; this work highlights the value of timber in community facilities. The featured timber complements the recycled bridge timbers Council has been incorporating into recent upgrades to community facilities.”

The donated timber will be put to use in a series of local projects happening across Nambucca Heads and Macksville.

Timber will be used to complement the planned upgrade of playground equipment in Gordon Park, Nambucca. This work started recently and the donated timber will be installed to enhance the site’s redevelopment.

Decking has also been used to complement the new timber street furniture used in Nambucca Heads street?scape work.

The donated timber will also be used to enhance the Macksville Parklet project, with the timber used to construct decking and seating. This project was developed to support post highway town revitalisation work and will be completed in the next few weeks.

The planned Dawkins Park Pavilion will also capitalise on the timber donation, with the donated timber to be used to complete decking around the new facility and lining sections of the outdoor learning and cultural space. This work will result in a new cultural and environmental learning space in Macksville.

The Community Timber Partnership is supporting a wide range of community projects across NSW.

“When we heard about such a large volume of timber being written off, in some cases for damage as minor as water staining, we were determined to salvage it for local community projects,” Mr. Ellis said.

“We’re working with a range of community groups to give the timber a new lease of life and create renewable, durable, beautiful timber facilities for many more local communities to enjoy.”


David                                             Rowlinson

Author: David Rowlinson

Make it Wood Program Manager
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