Cape Byron Power does not source any native timber directly from state forests or
private native forest.
There are about 60 local sawmillers in the Northern Rivers region who sustainably source timber from selective logging operations in state forests and private native forests. These, predominantly family owned businesses, supply local timber to businesses and for the construction of new homes and renovation of older homes. If you’re a Northern Rivers resident, it is very likely that the timber used to build the home that you currently live in came from one of these sawmills.
Only long straight round logs are delivered to the sawmill. All other fibre from the selective native forestry harvesting operation is left in the forest by the forestry harvesting company. The round logs delivered to the sawmill are sawn into square logs and then the square logs are sawn into boards. The sawdust from the sawmills is predominantly sold to farms for animal bedding and the outer sawmill offcuts are supplied to Cape Byron Power to create renewable energy rather than being burnt or sent to landfill. Prior to Cape Byron Power using the outer offcuts for renewable energy generation, this valuable resource was regularly stockpiled and burned in open pits outside of the sawmill.