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    JUSTICE has been done in the construction of the $600 million Supreme Court complex in Brisbane Queensland hardwoods and hoop pine plywoods dominate every aspect of the buildings design.Scheduled for an early August opening, home-grown timbers were the natural choice throughout, John Hockings, design director of Brisbane architects Architectus said.I love the stuff, he said. For this inner-city high-rise building weve used the timber for benches, seating, floors, walls and furniture and all the way up the facades.Mr Hockings joined Architectus from the Queensland University of Technology where he was professor and head of

    the school of design. He was previously head of the department of architecture at the University of Queensland.The project architects Architectus and Guymer Bailey were awarded the design consultancy in June 2007.With about 60,000 sq m of floor space spread over 19 floors, the court building will be one of the largest in Australia creating a unique legal precinct, linking the new building with a major public square and the existing Brisbane Magistrates Court. The precinct will occupy an entire city block.The courthouse is unique in Australia; the co-location of the Supreme Court and District

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    TASMANIAS Legislative Council is satisfied a multi-million dollar budget allocation for Forestry Tasmania will not be used to shut down the state owned business.The head of Treasury was called in to brief legislative councillors on the future of Forestry Tasmania, amid threats the Upper House would block a $35 million budget allocation.An ABC News report says independent MLC Ruth Forrest had revealed the money will be used to keep the business afloat, as it is predicted to post a $35 million deficit next financial year.She said the Upper House was satisfied the funding would not be used to wind up the business.Economic Development Minister David OByrne said the government was relieved the issue was now closed. I think weve been very clear about the position on the allocation for Forestry Tasmania from day one, he said.Huon MLC Paul Harriss criticised Greens leader Nick McKim for indicating the money would be used to shut down Forestry TasmaniaMr McKim has rejected allegations that he misled Tasmanians over how the Government will spend a multi-million dollar budget allocation for Forestry Tasmania. What

    Ive consistently said is that the Greens will not support this money being used to prop up Forestry Tasmania in its current form, he said.Its really essential for the future of Tasmania, and for the future of the forest industry in Tasmania, it is restructured.Mr McKim says the money will not be used until after Cabinet responds to an independent review of Forestry Tasmania.Meanwhile, Tasmanian Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson has used his first speech to parliament to commit himself to continuing to fight against Gunns Tamar Valley pulp mill.Senator Whish-Wilson replaces the former Australian Greens Leader, Bob Brown, who has retired after 16 years.The former economist and winemaker has been a vocal opponent of the pulp mill project, telling parliament it is one of Australias most bitter environmental battles.It was always going to be difficult for a community to fight against a large, aggressive and litigious corporation, a government and other entrenched powerful vested interests in Tasmania, he said.But fight it we did and this fight continues.


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    Court provide significant operating efficiencies through the use of shared facilities. In other states, these courts are physically separate, which often leads to wasteful duplication of functions and services.The design will provide a radical departure from traditional court design, providing an open, accessible and transparent area in sharp contrast to the existing precast concrete courthouse.The building has a double-skin glass faade with integrated screening and glass fritting to achieve shading and light control, illuminating the heavy timber content.

    Plywood flooring has been used through the bottom 12 storeys with structural hardwood from Queenslands South Burnett region, laminated with steel, applied externally in the double faade.Internally, laminated pine has been used in conjunction with steel in the bracing columns and hardwoods and softwoods

    have been combined to form handrails and balustrades.Theres a lot of space and a lot of timber, Mr Hockings said. And the dramatic use of wood has produced a building with wonderful acoustics.But it will be the application of hoop pine plywood that will stand out when politicians, lawyers, judges, the media and the general public inspect the building on August 2, the official opening day.The Multiply sheets for benches and seats more than 12,000 of them were manufactured by Austral Plywoods, Brisbane, using a revolutionary cross-banded engineering process.

    The 2400 x 1200 sheets are used for all benches and seating in every court room with thick12 mm seven-ply AC hoop pine also used for the walls.Austral Plywood sales manager Gary Holmes is excited about the use of the cross-banded plywood produced on an Italian 1.2 m lathe, representing the best of European technology.We used 32 mm Multiply for the seating and the benches were three layers of 18 mm Multiply making up 54 mm thick benches. With the three layers we made the middle sheet as a cross-banded ply so that when the ply was cut and joined it looked like one sheet of 54 mm ply. Combined there

    were about 40 sheets of 1.5 mm Multiply, giving a beautiful edge to the work.Austral Plywoods has supplied about 12,000 sheets of 19 mm AC interior plywood for all the wall linings in the Perth Arena, an entertainment and sporting complex to open in the citys centre in November.The Perth Arena is set to become a benchmark of world-class stadium design, an icon that establishes a new urban location and catalyst for renewal in an under-valued part of central Perth. The facade with its giant puzzle-like forms serves to break down the enormous scale of the structure into smaller, more readable components.

    The arena was designed by Perth-based architects Cameron Chisholm & Nicol and Melbourne-based ARM Architects as a joint venture. With its design based on the Eternity puzzle, the venue will hold up to 13,910 spectators for tennis events, 14,846 for

    Court structure radical departurefrom traditional design concepts

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