25 Jul 2019 - Elizabeth Fowler
Students at Coffs Harbour Christian Community Junior School will now enjoy computer lessons in a new timber-clad building and deck built using timber donated by Forestry Corporation of NSW and Boral Timber.
Coffs Harbour Christian Community Junior School’s Head of Campus, Mr Terrence Yardley said he was delighted with the new building, both for its aesthetic appeal and functionality.
“We are very fortunate to be the recipients of such beautiful timber and wish to thank Forestry Corporation and Boral for their generous contribution to our school.” Mr Yardley said.
Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Strategic Projects and Programs Leader Justin Black said, “we’re excited to have played a part in creating an asset that the students and teachers at Coffs Harbour Christian Community Junior School will use and enjoy for many years to come.
“Research by Planet Ark has shown that using wood in buildings has physiological and psychological benefits that mimic the effect of spending time outside in nature and can reduce stress and anxiety. The use of timber in this new classroom is a perfect fit and the classroom looks great and will be a better learning environment for the students,” Mr Black said.
“Our forest management practices ensure that trees are continually replanted and regrown, continuing the cycle of regeneration of this ultimate renewable resource, and as anyone who has timber floors, decks or fencing can attest, you feel better when timber is around you.
“As well as having health and wellbeing benefits, the timber itself is actually helping tackle climate change by storing carbon in the wood for the life of the structure. Timber is the only major building material that is renewable and stores carbon.”
The timber for the new facility came from the Community Timber Partnerships, which was formed by Forestry Corporation of NSW, Boral Timber and Planet Ark to salvage around 1,000 cubic metres of flooring, cladding and decking products impacted by the Murwillumbah floods in 2017.
“When we heard about such a large volume of timber being written off following the Murwillumbah floods, in some cases for damage as minor as water staining in some instances, we were determined to salvage it for local community projects,” Mr Black 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.”
The Community Timber Partnerships Project is endorsed by Planet Ark, under their Make it Wood program.
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