History

Director Rod Taverner

Durable Hardwoods has developed relationships with reputable timber mills and wholesalers all over Australia. We have been importing from plantation and Smallholder village based mills and selling to re-sellers since 1998. We have been air and kiln drying, machining and supplying Australian and P.N.G timber to the residential and commercial market since 2003.

Director Rod Taverner has a long history in Papua New Guinea, working for the PNG Government since 1985 through until 1993 and has forged relationships with local timber suppliers.

Traveling extensively throughout PNG Rod has a unique insight into the countries culture and timber practices and has developed a model where a sustainable timber industry is possible ensuring every effort is made to source timbers in the most ecological way.

The manager, Justin Daws, has a broad skill history- working in re-vegetation for National Parks and foreshore committees, building and construction, as well as livestock and pasture management . He is from an art- design, technical studies teaching and rural farming family. This history has given him a lateral approach, appreciation and respect not only for the natural product we supply, but also a deep understanding of the practices necessary to maintain a sustainable future for the timber industry.

Durable Hardwoods Adelaide has a strong belief in the ecological preservation of forests and maintains relationships with local PNG Village Saw millers providing the local community the economic means to sustainably harvest timber using minimally invasive and selective harvesting techniques.

Durable Hardwoods goal has been to provide communities the ability to create jobs as an enabler to enhance their lives where there is often no social security, minimal healthcare and limited economic opportunities.

This is turn gives the local population the ability to manage and maintain their resources without the need to engage Multinational who have a history of ecological neglect.