Proudly hosted by Barung Landcare, the Maleny Wood Expo has been a landmark event showcasing historical woodworking skills and talent from all over Australia since 1996.
Established in 1996, the Maleny Wood Expo was the brainchild of Queensland ranger and passionate Landcare supporter, Ashley Sewell. Designed to promote sustainable use of our beautiful native timbers through the work of local and regional wood artisans the Wood Expo is now recognised as one of the best wood shows in Australia and attracts over 10,000 people to the Sunshine Coast region annually.
We invite you to join us for three days of fun at the beautiful Maleny Showgrounds in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland.
View the amazing range of lovingly crafted timber products, and meet and talk to the artisans and woodworkers who’ve created them. Learn from local Aboriginal community members about traditional uses of timber and plants through a range of in-depth talks and interactive workshops.
There's hands-on activities for the whole family with woodworking workshops for all ages, and a special program dedicated to young people in the Junior Landcare Paddock where kids can get their hands dirty and take home their own masterpiece.
There are native plant sales to help you with your own timber and conservation projects at home, and a range of environmental organisations to learn from in the 'Nature Hub'.
Pull up a hay bale, enjoy a range of world food, delicious coffee, hear from guest speakers and the sounds of local live music!
All wood artisans and exhibitors are required to work in sustainably harvested native timbers, weed or recycled timbers, and the Wood Expo is a single-use plastic-free event.
About Barung Landcare
Barung Landcare was established in Maleny and the Blackall Range in 1989, the same year that the National Landcare movement started.
Barung Landcare operates on the premise that sustainable production and biodiversity conservation can be complementary processes.
The organisation aims to provide support and resources to enhance both biodiversity conservation and sustainable production while helping to raise community awareness of these processes and of the relationship between them.
The Barung Native Plant Nursery aims to provide the widest possible range of healthy local native plants (primarily those found in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland) at affordable prices to local landholders. It also aims to provide information about local native plants and their identification, propagation and cultivation with the equally important goals of:
- helping conserve the biological diversity of the region;
- supporting local producers and land managers with conservation and ecologically sustainable production goals;
- educating the community about our local flora and its contribution to conservation and production; and
- maintaining the nursery as a thriving local business to help fund a range of education activities
Started by volunteers in backyards, the Barung Landcare Nursery of today continues to welcome and acknowledge the support of volunteers whose contribution enables Barung to keep prices affordable and generate some funds to support Barung’s projects and programs.
Drive the roads of the Blackall Range and you will see evidence of the landscape transformation led by the Barung nursery all around you.
With more than 700 members, Barung works to develop ethical solutions for a sustainable future and achieves extensive on-ground works on both public and private lands resulting in greater awareness of local flora and fauna, improved water quality and better environmental practices.
With an extensive nursery dedicated to local Sunshine Coast plant species and education, Barung celebrates over 30 years of ‘working for our future’ and providing over 2.5 million trees for onground projects!
Click below to find out more about the range of programs and services Barung Landcare offers the Blackall Range and Sunshine Coast community.
About Landcare in Australia
In 2014, Landcare celebrated their 25th Anniversary at a national level.
In 1989, the National Farmer’s Federation (NFF), the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and the Federal Government formed a landmark partnership that gave rise to Landcare in Australia.
Landcare was founded on the principle of “Empowering local people to willingly take action on local problems, and integrating those actions in addressing broader issues.”
The unlikely political alliance saw the national peak bodies put aside traditional rivalries to focus on areas of common purpose, for the benefit of all Australians. The partnership mobilised a generation to act, and in turn, has created a legacy of national and international importance.
Landcare has grown into a movement of individuals, groups, organisations and governments spanning the city to the bush, farmers, indigenous people and school children, public and private lands. It is controlled by no one but owned by all. Source: National Farmer’s Federation
Visit Landcare Australia’s website for more information.