Nannup Shire, first local authority to adopt the Wood Encouragement Policy

Nannup Shire has been the first local authority to adopt the Wood Encouragement Policy.

It is with great pleasure to announce that The Shire of Nannup has become the first local government area in Western Australia to adopt a wood encouragement policy. The policy was proposed to council on the 27th January and was accepted 7/1. It’s truly a reflection of a progressive council to be the first to adopt this policy.

WAFCN along with other dedicated members of the industry have been working for over twelve months in the promotion of this policy and feel gratified that Nannup has been the first to adopt it. We are currently working with other councils to promote this policy and hope for similar success.

The policy is worded as follows:


Council recognises the importance of the forest and wood products industry to both the Local Government Area and the broader region. Central to Council’s commitment to job retention and creation is supporting significant local industry in order to secure jobs and leverage further investment.

Council will encourage the increased utilisation of wood in Council assets by:

  1. Ensuring that all briefs for new Council projects incorporate the requirement to use wood as the preferred material for both construction and fit out purposes, where wood is deemed a suitable material for the proposed application;

  2. Seeking those who can find, practical, efficient, versatile and cost-effective building and design solutions using wood when sourcing design and architectural expertise;

  3. Ensuring that all comparisons to the cost of building with other materials will take into account all long-term and life cycle benefits of using wood;

  4. Where possible, sourcing locally produced wood products for construction and fit out purposes;

  5. Being a champion of the forest and wood products industry, by establishing this policy and demonstrating commitment to the further development of the local forest and wood products industry;

  6. Actively seeking demonstration projects that showcase the use of wood within the local government area;

  7. Actively working to attract new, innovative wood products manufacturers to the LGA.

In using wood as a preferred construction material for Council infrastructure, Council will have regard to:

  1. The utilisation of wood products that meet the Australian Forest Standard,

Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification and/or Forest Stewardship Council certifications; maintenance required throughout the life of the project;

  1. Pest and fungus protection; and

  2. Using wood only when it is the right material for the selected application.