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OneFortyOne Plantations profits well from SA forest

The company that bought South Australia’s forests five years ago for a price criticised as too cheap is making four times the profits generated under government management. Source: The Herald Sun Then treasurer Jack Snelling oversaw the controversial sale of Forestry SA to OneFortyOne
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Burnie Council hosts forum for forestry

The Burnie council in Tasmania recently hosted a forum with key stakeholders in the private forests sector, to get a greater understanding of the current issues and opportunities for future growth for the industry. Source: The Advocate With a large proportion of land in the Burnie mun
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VicForests say it would make up shortfall at ASH

VicForests was willing to look at making up a shortfall in timber supply to the Australian Sustainable Hardwoods mill in Heyfield. The claim came after the mill’s owner, the Hermal Group, last week announced it would bring forward its closure blaming an expected shortage of timb
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Vic Govt of no use in Heyfield options

Imported timber could be processed at Heyfield’s timber mill as its owners consider how it might remain open without the assistance of the Victorian Government. Source: The Weekly Times The Weekly Times understands imported plantation timber is among the options Hermal Group is consid
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Tas forest bill expected to be voted down

The Hodgman government’s controversial forest bill is expected to be voted down in the upper house, after sitting in limbo for weeks. Source: The Examiner In a late-night sitting on Wednesday, MLCs debated the bill. The Tasmanian Forest Agreement, signed by the former Labor-Green gove
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CFMEU calls for unity in timber industry

CFMEU boss Michael O’Connor has warned that Victoria’s timber industry is in crisis and has urged the Andrews Government and mill owners to work together with the union. Source: Herald Sun Mr O’Connor’s call for unity comes as 200 workers remain locked out of the Myrtleford mill over
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Frame Australia: Numbers justify confidence in the future

The future of the timber construction industry presents some unique challenges but overall everything points to plenty of opportunity for those willing to learn, adapt and take some risks. Source: Timberbiz That was the over-arching message from this week’s Frame Australia 2017
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Forestry convention in Cuba

Experts from 19 countries are holding an International Agricultural and Forestry Convention in Cuba, focused on the problems of agricultural yields and the functioning of the sector’s productive chains. Source: Prensa Latina Entrepreneurs, small farmers, academicians and univers
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PNG deports missionary due to logging legal fight

The Papua New Guinea Government has deported a Catholic missionary after he tried to help villagers who were taking legal action against a giant Malaysian logging company. Source: ABC News Lawyer Doug Tennent had been working as the administrator of the Catholic Archdiocese of Rabaul,
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Gisborne forestry booming

The Gisborne forestry industry is booming and it’s expected that over the next five years that log volume through the Eastland port will increase by one million tonnes.  Source: Maori Television “We’re exporting about 2.5 million tonnes a year through the port at the
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