TCA provides a national umbrella network structure for members within timber communities and communities of interest across Australia.
The mission of TCA is to represent and act in the best interests of communities which are associated with forest and timber sectors in Australia and to foster a healthy and sustainable future for those communities and their associated forests.
Timber Communities Australia encourages the sensible, balanced multiple use of our sustainable forests for the benefit of all Australians. Among TCA's many activities we aim to:
- Improve public knowledge, awareness and understanding of forest issues.
- Provide a national grassroots voice for people associated with Australia's sustainable forest-based communities.
- Help infom government decision-making processes so that balanced and well-founded decisions can be made.
- Ensure ecologically unique areas of Australian forests are properly managed.
- Provide factual and researched information to Australians on forest environments, sustainable management and related issues within rural communities.
A very brief history
The Forest Protection Society (FPS) originated in 1987 when the need for a cohesive community voice in the so-called "forest debate" became increasingly apparent.
The absence of a unified, informed voice on matters related to the forest industry among grassroots people meant they were unable to effectively get their side of the story into the public arena. There was a need for a national organisation that could represent communities that depended on forests and forest industries, as well as to educate and communicate with the general public. There needed to be and still needs to be an increase in public awareness and confidence in forestry, which also includes helping to advance public understanding and support for scientifically based forest policies and practices.
The FPS provided a structure through which the interests of all Australians concerned with maintaining a healthy forest environment and forest-based economy could be coordinated and represented to government, industry and the public!
Over the years questions were often asked about the words "forest protection" as part of the organisation's identity. It was quite simple really; the FPS reflected all that was "protection" - protection of forests, protection of communities, protection of history and heritage, protection of livelihoods, families, individuals and jobs.
At the end of the last century and after a lot of careful consideration and discussion the FPS changed its name to Timber Communities Australia Ltd in an effort to affiliate the organisation more closely with their community roots. The aims, aspirations and structure all stayed the same as TCA continued to press for sustainable growth in our forests, timber communities and industries.
TCA supports the triple bottom line being embedded into forestry and timber products policy in Australia. This means that the factors of social/community, environment and economic are all taken into account. The tired, old mantra of 'forest wars' needs to be left behind. Genuine commitment to the triple bottom line is right for the times and TCA members play a role in achievement of that at local level , as well as state and national.
Timber is a beautiful, renewable and 100% natural material able to be derived from environmentally sustainable forests and plantations of various kinds.
Our society apires to a lower-carbon emissions future and so there is a need for all Australians, whether urban or rural, to understand how timber is needed to help achieve that. Growing trees absorb carbon from the atmosphere plus sustainably harvested wood converted into chairs, tables and other products goes on storing carbon for life.
TCA underwent a full review in 2013 and consequently restructured in 2014.
TCA entered its newest era in 2015 and continues to attract membership from both city and rural community members. It's role remains highly relevant providing a national, independent voice for people who are concerned about responsible debate and the long term future of sustainable forests.