Council adopts Wood First Policy for Rotorua
Rotorua was the founding city of the world’s plantation forestry industry. The concept of growing ‘wood crops’ was first developed in Rotorua in the early 20th century, and is now a world-wide practice.
Today, Rotorua sits at the heart of New Zealand’s forestry and wood industry, which has a significant impact on the district’s economy. Approximately 40 per cent of the country’s wood is harvested within a 100 kilometre radius of the city. The wider industry is the district’s largest direct employer, contributing an estimated 9 per cent of Rotorua’s GDP.
Rotorua District Council’s new Wood First Policy has three key broad objectives:
1. Facilitating and encouraging the use of wood as a preferred, sustainable building material for all projects in the district;
2. Requiring wood to be used in all council building projects; and
3. Actively supporting and advocating for wood and the wood industry – locally, regionally and at a national level.
To view the recently adopted Wood First Policy click here.
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