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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

CBUS property chief joins GBCA board

Adrian Pozzo (Chief Executive Officer of Cbus Property) has been appointed to the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) board of directors, as sustainability stalwart Mark Gray retires. Source: Timberbiz According to GBCA Chair, Rod Fehring, Mr Pozzo’s appointment adds extra dept
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Forest industries welcome mill investment in Tasmania’s north

The Forest Industries Association of Tasmania (FIAT) and the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) welcome the $190 million investment in what will be Australia’s largest plantation hardwood mill and timber product manufacturing facility. Source: Timberbiz The facility is to b
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Timber company sets up training in Maryborough

A timber company will open a training centre in Maryborough after struggling to fill vacant positions because of unqualified applicants. Source: Fraser Coast Chronicle Sunchip Group managing director Mark Blackberry said roles offering a yearly salary of $80,000 and a work-life balanc
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Canadian take on forestry safety

On 18 October, 2017, a logger was killed in a tragic incident near Mackenzie in northern British Columbia, Canada. The operator was using a feller buncher to cut timber on a slope when the machine tipped over backwards, cutting off his escape route when the machine caught fire. Source
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IKEA buys its first US forest

IKEA Group acquired its first US forest property, covering approximately 25,000 acres in Lowndes County, Alabama. Source: Clean Technica The investment in forestry is part of a broader strategy to invest in the sustainable production of resources that IKEA Group consumes directly, suc
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Stumped on how to remove stumps, not anymore

An Australian and an American hope they are about to solve a problem that has had others stumped. Source: The Weekly Times Naracoorte’s Brad Dickenson knew he was looking at something special when he saw a video clip on social media of a machine in the US wrenching old stumps out of t
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Gisborne focus for NZ government

The New Zealand Government’s Tuawhenua Provincial Growth Fund will be launched in Gisborne on February 23, catapulting Gisborne to the centre of the Government’s regional development strategy. Source: The Gisborne Herald Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP and Cabinet minister Meka Whaitiri will also h
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Coalmining clearing forests

Coalmining companies were given approval to clear nearly 10% of what is now a critically endangered forest in the New South Wales Hunter Valley over the past decade, according to evidence before a government commission. Source: The Guardian It has prompted calls for politicians and bu
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Crown Forestry plants a deal with farmers

Crown Forestry is chasing unproductive farmland suitable for commercial planting of pinus radiata to help it meet the government’s one billion trees program. Source: Radio New Zealand The 10-year target will require new planting to cover 500,000 hectares. Farmers and other lando
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Australia’s most dangerous jobs not compensated well

In 2016, the industry recorded 44 deaths on the job, but despite the inherent danger involved, the average agriculture, forestry and fishing worker is paid just $76,630 per annum, compared with the average national earning of $75,598. Source: The Morning Bulletin Manufacturing is the
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Farm forestry in action

Forestry has become a strong interest to many people in New Zealand, even if only because this Government is aiming to plant so many trees to cover our emissions. Source: New Zealand Herald For farmers this could be the chance to diversify and for townsfolk the chance to invest. Trees
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Juken junks its Matawhero plant

Japanese-owned wood products company Juken has confirmed it will axe up to 100 jobs at its Matawhero plant near Gisborne. Source: Radio New Zealand It said it was pressing on with plans to cut production of plywood and laminated timber products. The company said it had been affected b
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