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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

Farmers, fisherman and forestry workers work hardest

According to recent data Ireland’s hardest workers are farmers, fishermen and forestry staff. Source: Belfast Telegraph According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO) anyone working in these sectors can expect to clock the longest days and rack up an average of 49.1 hours a we
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Sawdust dump on fire for three years

Environmentalists in Siberia are expressing concern over an ongoing fire at the world’s largest sawdust dump — a fire that’s been burning since 2013 and will continue to do so for years to come. Source: Gizmodo As The Siberian Times reports, the monumental mountain of sawdust — which
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UN report backs timber for building

Using timber in green buildings is a key way for the forestry industry to assist in the transition to a low carbon economy, according to a new United Nations report. Source: The Fifth Estate Released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, the Forestry for a low-carbon future: In
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ACCC approves Metcash bid for HTH

Bunnings could soon have a new rival in the $46 billion home improvement market, with Metcash poised to merge its Mitre 10 business with Woolworths’ Home Timber and Hardware business. Source: news.com.au The competition watchdog announced it would not oppose Metcash’s bid for HTH afte
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Waroona pines for more planting

One million seedlings have been planted in Waroona by the Forest Products Comission since the devastating Yarloop bushfires in January, with work increasing further into the year. Source: Mandurah Mail Forestry Minister Mia Davies, who visited replanting operations in Mclarty Block th
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Kauri export concerns

Ministry for Primary Industries staff were concerned about the legality of some swamp kauri exports and considered asking for a judicial review to clarify the law, a court has been told. Source: Radio NZ Northland Environmental Protection Society is challenging the ministry in the Hig
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NZ tele-operation – another step forward

New Zealand’s forestry industry took one step closer to a safer and fully mechanised future with a demonstration of gamer-style remote technology at Trass Valley, south of Nelson. Source: Stuff NZ The new tele-operation technology allows remote use of a purpose-built tracked for
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TFS joint venture

A subsidiary of TFS Corporation and a joint venture between a Melbourne oils producer and a local indigenous business have been shortlisted for wild sandalwood oil processing contracts with the state government. Source: Business News The Forest Products Commission plans to enter into
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Prefab networking

A prefabAUS networking event will be held 15 August from 5-7pm in the Brown Theatre, Ground Floor, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Building (193), University of Melbourne. Source: Timberbiz The Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA) is leading a study mission to Aus
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