Certified Timber Suppliers Sunshine Coast

What is Certified Timber?

Certified Timber Suppliers Sunshine Coast

Certified Timber Suppliers Sunshine Coast: Today, sustainability is a major deciding factor in the use of timber construction materials. Certified timber ensures that timber harvesting and manufacturing is effectively controlled.

Certified Timber is classified through third party environmental standards. Regular checks and inspections ensure that these standards are being met.

Purchasing certified timber, ensures you are making a truly environmentally sustainable choice, as this guarantees that the timber is harvested and replanted in the most sustainable way possible.

Certified Timber Types

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There are 2 kinds of certified timber used in the timber industry:

Forestry Certification/FC: Forestry certification ensures that timber forests and plantations are healthy, well managed and renewable. They also provide secondary benefits through local aid.

Chain of Custody/ CoC Certification: This certification monitors the wood from these timber plantations along the supply chain. With a CoC Certification you can be ensured that the timber you are purchasing has been responsibly manufactured from the forest to the mill to the hardware store it is purchased from.

Why Certified Timber?

Certified Timber Suppliers Sunshine Coast

Consumers are increasingly demanding that the timber and wood products they buy come from sustainably managed sources and are certified.

Gowan Lea Timbers is committed to providing our clients with the option to purchase timber from sustainable sources: planted, grown and harvested in accordance with the strictest codes of practice and consistent with the world’s leading environmental standards.

If this is what you want, always buy certified timber and timber products.

We are particularly proud of our green hardwood mill (Mary Valley Timbers) who have recently achieved Chain of Custody Certification under the Australian Forest Certification Scheme (AFS Certification # 466). AFS is the only forest certification scheme recognized under Australian Standard AS 4707:2006. To our knowledge, no other green hardwood mill in SEQ has achieved this standard.

All of our sawn hardwood is sourced from sustainably managed forests within a 200km radius of our Gympie sawmill. This contributes to the economic growth of local communities and greatly reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with heavy transport.

Certified Timber:
The Benefits?

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By purchasing certified timber, you are playing an important role in supporting sustainable and renewable timber production, as well as mitigating the effects of climate change.

Environmental Advantages: Certified timber ensures that the timber is sustainably harvested and produced. It reduces the risk of fire and deforestation. It improves biodiversity and preserves the water and soil of the environment.

Economic Benefits: Timber forests and plantations do not only produce timber. They also produce various products like cork, firewood, resin and pastures, thus generate a variety of jobs and social welfare.

Economic Empowerment: The sustainable production of certified wood contributes to the development of rural areas.

For more information about the sustainability benefits of using timber and timber certification schemes see:

Forestrystandard | Timber Queensland | Naturally Better

Certified Timber:
We Do

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With a fully-integrated Planing Shed on-site, we can handle most of your timber dressing and profiling requirements.  We can also pre-coat your timber with quality timber oil to save you time and mess on-site, plus dock your timber to length.

Deliveries direct to site Australia-wide
Wood Machining and Dressing
Custom Laminating and Sanding
Timber Oiling


Gowan Lea Timbers Pty Ltd offers a range of 100% Chain of Custody certified timber products including:

Structural sawn hardwood and poles

Hardwood decking, screening and T&G flooring

Engineered wood products and pine framing

KD hardwood

Plywood & particleboard flooring

Pine mouldings


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Gowan Lea Timbers

Certified Timber Suppliers Sunshine Coast

An independent timber yard in Queensland, Gowan Lea Timbers are certified timber suppliers on the Sunshine Coast and have been operating for over 25 years. In our yard on the Sunshine Coast, we have our own sawmill, non-CCA treatment plant, kilns, dressing shed, and can source custom oil on request.

Known for our certified timber, our range on the Sunshine Coast also includes accoya timber and building product lines such as pine framing, plywood, engineered timber, and fibre cement products.

Our History

Certified Timber Suppliers Sunshine Coast

We began Gowan Lea Timbers over 25 years ago when we decided to open a small retail yard for timber needs on the rapidly growing Sunshine Coast of Queensland. We started with two staff members, a forklift, a flat-bed truck, and an office in a shipping container, and as we grew, we gained a solid reputation for boasting the best certified timber around. 

It didn’t take us by surprise. Our mill—Gowan Lea Sawmilling Company—had been operating for over 40 years and was already a well-respected wholesaler of premium quality western QLD Spotted Gum and Ironbark products. However, when the Queensland State Government bought out and closed Gowan Lea Sawmilling Company through a Regional Forestry Agreement process in 2007, the retail timber yard was left without a supply of the premium hardwood that our business relied upon.

It was then we entered into a productive relationship with Mary Valley Timbers, a green certified timber sawmill near Gympie, who had a similar focus on quality and cut 95% Spotted Gum and Ironbark.

What We Do

Certified Timber Suppliers Sunshine Coast

From building a boardwalk through a rainforest to interior flooring, fencing and composite decking, Gowan Lea Timbers are your go-to certified timber suppliers on the Sunshine Coast. 

If your job is out of the ordinary, or you’re just not sure what decking timber to use, whether you’re a tradesperson looking for the right timber for a new home or extension, an architect wanting to specify the correct finish or a commercial construction firm with a major build, Gowan Lea Timbers has the products, experience, and on-site timber services to help.

No matter what type of project you have, our team of experts will ensure the smooth delivery of your project’s building materials that will stand the test of time. 

Our Products

Certified Timber Suppliers Sunshine Coast

Ask us first and save yourself time and wasted money later on. Trouble-shooting and specifying the best timber and building supplies are what we do best.

Our product range includes:

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Certified Timber Suppliers Sunshine Coast

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No matter what type of project you have, we understand quality timber supplies and service are important. Our team of experts will work with you to ensure you get the most from the experience and ensure the smooth delivery of your project on the Sunshine Coast.

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