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Poles sold by species 2011–12 Blackbutt 66% Ironbark 13% Tallowwood 5% Timber utility poles Photo courtesy of Koppers Wood Products Pty Ltd. Spotted gum 11% Other 5% A large percentage of the electricity network was built in the 1950s and 1960s and the electricity In 2011–12, Forests NSW: supply industry is now undertaking a significant utility pole replacement program to renew ageing ■■ Major pole customers: Koppers Wood infrastructure. This has seen an increase in demand for poles. Products, Coffs Harbour Hardwoods, Benefits of ■■ Excellent electrical resistance ■■ Cost effective Boral Timber and L J Williams & Sons timber poles: ■■ Long service life ■■ Store carbon – one power pole stores ■■ Received double the timber royalty rate for ■■ Naturally high strength and durable around 600 kilograms of carbon poles compared to high quality sawlogs Piles sold by species 2011–12 Ironbark 9% Wharf piles Photo by Richard Forrester. Turpentine 37% Other 2%Yellow stringybark 2%Spotted gum 50% Timber piles are used for foundation supports in buildings and marine applications such as In 2011–12, Forests NSW: wharves and jetties. ■■ Major pile customers: Coffs Harbour Hardwoods, Tawmar Benefits of ■■ Durable and cost effective ■■ High strength and fatigue resistance Timbers, Boral Timber and RA Sweetman and Sons timber piles: ■■ Excellent service life performance in a ■■ Easy to handle and drive into the ground ■■ Received double the timber royalty for poles wide range of conditions ■■ Store carbon compared to high quality sawlogs Girders sold by species 2011–12 Blackbutt 25% Tallowwood 31% Bridge girders and timbers Photo courtesy of NSW Roads and Maritime Services. Ironbark 35% Other 3%White mahogany 4%Grey gum 2% Since the 19th century, timber bridges have played a significant role in the expansion of the NSW In 2011–12, Forests NSW: road network and many are still in use today. ■■ Major girder customers: Coffs Harbour Hardwoods, Rossi Bridge c. 1899 (above) – located over the Wollondilly River in Goulburn, this heritage J Notaras and Sons, Australian Iron, L J Williams listed timber truss bridge underwent a $7.6 million restoration by NSW Roads and Maritime and Sons Services. Completed in August 2011, the project preserved the heritage status of the bridge ■■ Received three times the timber royalty for and extended its life. Timber trusses, the deck and supporting beams were replaced. Nearly girders compared to high quality sawlogs 600 m2 of blackbutt timber decking and more than 200 m3 of hardwood timber, predominantly tallowwood, grey gum, ironbark and spotted gum, were used. Some of Forests NSW customers, including Ironwood and Coffs Harbour Hardwoods, supplied the timber. Forests NSW Annual Report 2011–12 Social, Environmental and Economic Performance 41


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