The last decade has seen major advances in the processing of Western Australia’s natural hardwoods to add value to the timber and produce jobs for our community.
In 1994 the industry negotiated jarrah supply contracts with the government that specified a minimum of 50% of 1st grade timber had to be value added. The industry has agreed that the next round of contracts will raise that minimum to 70%.
These minimums are already being exceeded, and the industry is moving rapidly to a position where almost all jarrah is processed for a value added use.
Technical difficulties in the drying of karri and marri have meant that lesser percentages of these two woods have been value added. Nevertheless it is the industry’s aim to have the highest possible level of value adding in these two timbers as well.