Established in 2013, Cape York Timber is a lighthouse Indigenous-owned business that produces high-quality sustainable Australian hardwood while providing Indigenous employment and training.
Ancient forests, contemporary opportunities
Cape York is home to a vast quantity of Australia’s durable, aesthetic and merchantable hardwood timbers. Responding to the growing demand for this resource locally and internationally, Cape York Timber supplies a range of premium hardwood for wholesale, retail, and specialty markets.
Cape York Timber is leading sustainable management of Indigenous forests in northern Australia. Timber is harvested on Indigenous properties, and an integrated conservation regime enables an overall improvement in the forest resource over the coming decades.
Timber harvesting and processing represents a significant economic opportunity for Indigenous people of Cape York.
The business provides long-term, valuable employment and training opportunities for Indigenous people; currently employing 10 full-time staff and maintaining 70% Indigenous employment.
Cape York Timber is making a real difference to the people of Cape York by allowing for Indigenous-led economic development and acknowledgement of responsibility for preservation of the land and its natural values
A lighthouse for Indigenous industry
In addition to building a standalone successful timber milling business, Cape York Timber equally aims to build a broader Indigenous hardwood timber industry.
Cape York Timber is building economic activity on Cape York through Indigenous stewardship of the forests, providing opportunities for Indigenous people and improved caretaking of the region’s forest ecosystems.