Home' QFF Publications : Lore Society No1 Dec 2016 Contents A developing partnership will drive
Woodfordia’s relationship with Bamboo into a
On Wednesday 26th October, Arief Rabik
(from the International Bamboo Foundation
(IBF) based in Indonesia), Nici Long (principal
of Cave Urban, an artist collective in Sydney),
and Bill Hauritz (Executive Director of
Woodfordia) gathered at Woodfordia along
with invited media to publicise The Bamboo
The Bamboo Forest involves the
development of a two-hectare experimental
bamboo forest, and the construction of a
world-first water preservation facility on
the Woodfordia; this aims to bring organic
disinfected waste water together with soils
created from recycled food scraps from the
According to international bamboo expert
Arief Rabik, “This is the first time all of these
sustainable components have been integrated
into a single project”.
Arief Rabik will be speaking at the
Woodford Folk Festival in its Speakers program
and Patrons will be able to see the whole
operation in its early stages.
50 clumps of bamboo have already been
planted and it is expected that the preservation
facility will be launched on December 29 as
part of Arief’s presentation.
The current trial planting is being
conducted as a research partnership between
Ben Kele of Arris Water (world leaders in
water technology), and Central Queensland
University, with the aim of irrigating bamboo
forests with effluent water. The first dozen
clumps of bamboo, now flourishing in this
study, were rescued from the ravaged area
of Rockhampton in the aftermath of Cyclone
Marcia in 2015.
“Ben Kele, since the implementation
of the Waste Water Treatment Plan, has
been an inspiration for us. His science and
generosity has been a big part of this project’s
development, and the wastewater from his
irrigation system will be the key ingredient
of its success,” said Woodfordia General
Manager, Amanda Jackes.
Architect Nici Long from bamboo design
collective Cave Urban has been the principal
organizer of bringing the partnership together.
“I’m so excited about what this project can
produce both for Woodfordia and what I hope
will be the creation of a bamboo industry in
Australia,” she said.
China, Japan and Indonesia are world
leaders in making bamboo an internationally
sought after commodity. “We think it will only
be a few years before bamboo will have an
international trading price,” said Nici Long.
“The more nations involved in its production,
the more profitable it will be for everyone”.
The partnership will provide vital research
that will assist the uptake of bamboo growth
that is necessary to create an industry. All
parties are extremely excited about the overall
sustainability benefits of the project.
In addition to these huge environmental
benefits, one waste product of the bamboo
treatment centre is biochar. This is an
incredible soil ameliorant and a carbon sink
that can boost the productivity of Australian
soils way above current expectations.
Woodfordia’s bamboo use:
Woodfordia has an ever-evolving
relationship with using bamboo in its festivals.
Since 2012, Woodford Folk Festival, in
partnership with Cave Urban have created
a number of large-scale sculptures using
bamboo, which have existed on the festival site
for up to 3 years.
The current sculpture is a two storey
tree house created under the leadership of
Taiwanese master bamboo artist, Wang Wen
Chih as a part of a teaching masterclass
leading into the Planting Festival. Audiences
attending Woodford Folk Festival this year
can look forward to their first visit of the tree
house, with a view overlooking Woodfordia.
Woodfordia’s Bamboo Forest Media Launch
Engaging interview with Arief on this project is recorded
on ABC at this link: http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/
Arief Rabil (IBF), Amanda Jackes (Woodfordia), Nici Long (Cave Urban), Gavin Kele (Arris Water)
A mature bamboo clump can absorb more
than 5,000 litres of water in 5-10 rainfalls,
and will hold on to this water for 6-8 months,
which allows it to give water back to top soil
in the dry periods. For this reason bamboo is
an ideal crop for those parts of Australia that
have radical wet and dry periods.
Only recently has the knowledge of
bamboo carbon absorption been publicised.
One hectare of bamboo can absorb 50 tons
of CO2 per year. In Indonesia the 1000
Bamboo Villages Program led by Arief
Rabik will absorb 100 million tons of CO2
per year. This is well beyond current tree
sequestration projects using typical timber
species. The secret to bamboo’s remarkable
function is the speed of its metabolism in
absorbing CO2 through photosynthesis.
Further useful applications of bamboo:
- Its current use in laminate form in China
and Indonesia, which competes with the
price and strength of hardwoods
- Its value as a food as ‘bamboo shoots’,
which have found their way from the
dinner plates of Asia to many other parts
of the world, including Australia.
- The powerful antioxidant values of
bamboo leaves, recently discovered by
Chinese scientists, which have led to
the export of bamboo complementary
medicines around the world.
- Its use in Indonesia in preventing
landslides and flooding through the
mitigation of runoff.
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Planning for future Woodfordia bamboo has
taken a leap forward with this year’s installation
of a specially built preservation plant.
Orininally designed by Arief, a chance
meeting with local Woodford master mechanic
Dave Bauer was a match made in Paradise. Dave
was able to suggest many innovations to Arief’s
The Smoker is now being constructed by
Dave at his Woodford workshop. It will infuse
harvested bamboo with organic vinegar smoke.
Bio Char will be a biproduct which will then be
used to help build soil quality for the forest itself.
The smoker will lengthen bamboo life
significantly and enable more ambitious
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