HQP Fraser Coast Community Open Day

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HQP Fraser Coast Community Open Day

A fun day out for everyone!

Join us on Saturday, 20 July 2024 from 9am to 2pm for HQP’s Fraser Coast Plantation Community Day and see what it takes to grow a sustainable forest.

Did you know we grow up to 10 million seedlings a year right here? Or that it takes 25-30 years to grow a pine tree?

HQP’s pine plantations on the Fraser Coast are among the biggest in the southern hemisphere and supply most of Queensland’s structural timber.

Local houses are built from renewable timber that’s grown here and milled here on our doorstep. Houses really do grow on trees and right now we’re planting and growing the trees your kids, and their kids, will build their homes from.

Growing for generations supports a thriving economy of large and small local businesses and their employees including sawmills, civil construction, hauliers, harvesters, scientists, foresters, fire fighters, nursery workers and labourers - even helicopters pilots and drone operators.

This work is mostly done quietly and unseen, but on Saturday July 20, with help from our industry and community partners, we’re putting it all on display from 9am to 2pm at the Toolara Forest Office on Tin Can Bay Road and we hope you’ll join us.

You’ll see every aspect of the plantation lifecycle and some of the machines and technology used from seedling to sawmill on display from HQP and:

  • Wood processors and major employers Hyne Timber and Laminex
  • Harvest and hauliers Sunchip, Ashers and GMT Logging
  • Roading construction contractors including McKenna’s
  • Silviculture operators who undertake planting and maintenance such as K&S Contracting, Crossing Works, Butchulla Indigenous Industries Group and Wide Bay Drones
  • Other suppliers including EXCI artificial intelligence fire detection
  • Local First Nations groups Kabi Kabi Peoples Aboriginal Corporation and Butchulla Native Title Aboriginal Corporation, current and traditional custodians
  • Community and environment partners including local rural fire brigades, Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee, Gympie Landcare, Glenwood Wildlife Awareness and Cooloola Nature.

Come along and find out how long it takes to grow a pine tree. You can also talk to us about our upcoming harvest plans, environmental and cultural heritage management, and fire protection. We’ll have our fire tankers and light attack vehicles on display and you may even get a chance to operate a fire hose.

There’ll also be goody bags, prizes, Rotary sausage sizzle, food trucks, and a coffee and juice cart.

It’s going to be huge but it won’t be a Community Day without YOU!

When:     Saturday 20 July 9am-2pm
Where:   HQPlantations Toolara Office, 2747 Tin Can Bay Road
                    30 mins from Gympie, 15 mins from Tin Can Bay