the two primary sources of structural building MATERIALS
were the pandanus and coconut trees. The pandanus, in particular, is popular
for its ease of handling and the leaves also make excellent thatching.
It is unlikely that either of these trees will be useful as potential
building materials in Australia so other materials are recommended:
if there is timber already growing on site that can be harvested for
the purpose of construction, that would be ideal. Other wise, source
locally produced timber or start growing timber on site.
it might take 10 years before a timber plantation even begins to be
ready for harvesting for building materials so it is advised that growing
bamboo might be advantageous. Bamboo has many uses and it quite strong.
It has excellent structural characteristics, grows quickly (some varieties
might be ready for construction about 3 years after planting); can be
used structurally or for walling, screens, floors or fences; and has
a wide range of other uses (food, furniture, paper, fabrics).