Who we are?

Barwon Timber is an independent family owned business established in 1980. We started business cutting Oregon and Western Cedar at our mill on Barwon Terrace in South Geelong. From this, our business has grown to include an extensive range of building products and services.

In 1997 we opened Bar-Truss, offering our customers prefabricated floor systems, wall frames and roof trusses. In May 2016 we purchased Drysdale Timber & Hardware on Murradoc Road in Drysdale.  The store is under the Home Timber and Hardware banner as an independent.

Barwon Timber, Bar-Truss and Drysdale Timber and Hardware are 100% independent and family owned. Family members are active in the management of all businesses. 

Why work with us?

Vision: We partner builders to achieve excellent results.

Our values are:

  • Integrity
  • Quality product and service
  • Teamwork
  • Our people and partners
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability


To see a list of current vacancies, head over to our Employment Page.


At Barwon Timber and Bar-Truss we strive to provide our customers with consistently excellent product and industry knowledge and high quality building products. We have developed a reputation for being the go to people for specialist timber and building products and services.

Our goal is to attract, develop and retain the best people for our business and the timber and pre-fabrication industry.

Our employees value working for an independent business and the contribution they make to its culture and success.

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We believe that when managed responsibly, timber is one of the most environmentally sustainable building products available.  The following practices are used at Barwon Timber and Bar-Truss.

  • Where possible, we aim to stock certified timber products that are responsibly harvested.
  • We encourage the use of timber species that are readily renewable.
  • Minimise waste.
  • Recycle and re-use all products and equipment where possible.
  • Collect rain water to wash trucks and water landscaping.
  • Robust plant selection for landscaped areas to minimise water use and land erosion.  Our landscaping assists in the treatment of water run off by picking up sediment.

We have just finished the installation of our new 30KW solar panel system.  Saving energy and creating our own energy is part of our vision to become a long term sustainable business. The energy from the solar system will go directly into running our kilns and lighting our sheds.  When we are not using solar, we have signed up for Momentums “green energy” which indirectly uses the energy produced from hydro plants in Tasmania via Basslink.

Social Responsibility

Barwon Timber, Bar-Truss and its employees support a number of local community groups through donations, time and participation in community events.  We endeavour to share donations across health, community, sports and the arts.


In May 2016 we purchased Drysdale Timber & Hardware on Murradoc Road in Drysdale.  The store is under the Home Timber and Hardware banner as an independent.