The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) will talk up the need for timber to be at the centre of policy development solutions for Australia’s housing crisis at tomorrow’s National Regional Housing Summit 2024, Acting Chief Executive Officer of AFPA, Richard Hyett said today.
Hosted by the Regional Australia Institute (RAI), Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) and Masters Builders Australia (MBA), the National Regional Housing Summit 2024 will draw policy experts and political decision makers to Old Parliament House in Canberra for high level discussions around increasing the availability and affordability of housing in regional Australia.
Richard Hyett said, “You cannot build the carbon friendly housing Australia needs for the future without timber, which is why AFPA is sponsoring and actively participating in tomorrow’s summit to promote the important role of both construction and furnishing timber in new and existing housing.
“Right now, our sector has Aussie grown timber on the shelf ready to go and build the homes of tomorrow, along with the hopes and dreams of many Australians who want a home to live in that meets their needs, whether they have a growing family or downsizing.
“Furthermore, as the Commonwealth and State governments look to identify how they reduce emissions and meet ambitious climate targets, they need to more closely consider the role of embodied carbon in timber products as a major solution.
“Tomorrow’s summit will be yet another opportunity for AFPA to remind Ministers, MPs and Senators, senior public sector administrators and other senior decision makers across the housing construction supply chain, how important the increased take up of timber will be to solve Australia’s housing crisis and help Australia fight climate change,” Richard Hyett concluded.