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Andrew Laming MP Federal Member for Bowman

MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 13 September 2005 MR05.074


With the arrival of warmer weather, many Redland home owners will be thinking about outside renovations. However, when giving the go-ahead to building with timber there are some important new safety factors that need to be considered.

Local federal member Andrew Laming MP is encouraging any Redland home builders and renovators to pay close attention to changing regulations implemented by the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority on the use of arsenic treated timbers.

“It is crucial that local residents undertaking any constructions or extensions are aware that there are different types of treated wood and that from March 2006 CCA wood must not be used for particular purposes.

“To avoid confusion about the changes, it is important that builders and renovators have access to the best information about which woods are best for use in the home.”

There is a new telephone hotline and website to give home renovators simple advice on how to build using highly rot and termite resistant treated wood - while protecting their families’ health - and the environment.

Treated wood offers clear advantages over conventional wood due to the in-built protection it offers against decay and insect attack. Being plantation grown it also offers price and environmental advantages over many hardwoods. But, on the downside there have been issues about safety.

The public education service being resourced by industry and government uses the latest information to explain which of a range of different types of treated wood is safe to use for almost any conceivable building project.

The website has an on-line Project Assistant - also accessible through the 1800 853 370 hotline - which allows home renovators to easily work out what type of treated wood is best to use. It will even help them track the nearest supplier.

Mr Laming said that the website and information hotline provide a useful service to home renovators and builders who wish to know that the materials they select comply with the latest health and safety regulations and that they’ll offer maximum resistance to wood rot and termite attack.

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