There are many reasons why the commercial firewood supply industry needs a strong association. Firewood is not widely recognised as a renewable, carbon friendly energy source and its use is threatened by policy at all three levels of government. The image of firewood is not helped by the bad practices of some suppliers – illegal and unsustainable harvesting, selling green wood and selling short measure. Government departments, green groups, some health lobby groups and even the general public believe that cutting and burning firewood is bad for the environment.
Many problems threaten Australia’s firewood markets, as well as the industry’s supply base.
The FAA provides the industry with a strong voice and the collective power to address these threats and to give its members a viable, long term future. Firewood is an efficient, renewable, sustainable and greenhouse friendly heating fuel. This environmental image is being actively promoted by the association. Member sales are directly assisted by the widespread use of the FAA website. The reputation of the industry is being improved by encouraging consumers to choose “sustainable firewood suppliers” who comply with a government endorsed industry Code of Practice.
The Firewood Association of Australia Inc. (FAA) is a not-for-profit incorporated association established in October 2005. Members of the firewood industry set up the association to improve the long-term sustainability of the firewood supply chain and to protect its members from the threats faced by the industry. The FAA has established itself as a point of contact and reference for government bodies, the media and other groups with an interest in the collection and use of firewood.
To be effective in achieving its aims the FAA needs a strong membership base of reputable firewood suppliers in all areas of Australia. By joining the FAA you can help to protect the future of the Australian firewood industry and achieve a healthy future for your business.
The FAA has set its fees to make membership affordable to all firewood suppliers. Application is free for all classes of membership. Applicants for full membership must be able to show that their firewood business complies with the elements of the National Code of Practice for Firewood Suppliers before their application is accepted. Annual membership fees range from $330 up to $990 for retail suppliers and from $550 up to $1,100 for wholesalers, depending on the annual quantity of a member’s firewood sales. Associate membership (for cutters, carters etc.) and affiliate membership (for wood heater manufacturer and retailers, or other interested stakeholders) is also available at $275 per annum.