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Austral Plywoods jumping through hoops for responsible forestry

Using 100% Hoop Pine, sourced from HQPlantations, which is a Responsible Wood certified softwood plantation in South East Queensland, Austral Plywoods manufactures a wide range of panel products, specialising in marine plywood and appearance grade plywoods. Source: Timberbiz The produ
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ForestrySA surveillance to stop deliberate fires

ForestrySA has stepped up surveillance of its Green Triangle Native Forest Reserves, following a spate of dangerous forest car fires and illegal rubbish dumping. Rubbish dumping is a longstanding local issue, with household waste and other material (including asbestos, chemicals and n
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Fire tower spotters stop spread of spot fires

Forestry Corporation of NSW’s network of fire towers in the Hunter and Mid North Coast proved instrumental in spotting and controlling several forest fires during the recent extreme high fire danger period, with crews dispatched to half a dozen fires spotted from the towers. Forest Pr
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Big 5 Trade Data Points for 2018

Every month, IndustryEdge publishes Wood Market Edge, Australia’s only forestry and wood products market and trade analysis, and supplies its customers with hundreds of unique data products, advisory and consulting services. Find out more at www.industryedge.com.au Softwood log export
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New Forests to acquire Hikurange Forest Farms

New Forests is to acquire Hikurangi Forest Farms (HFF), based in Gisborne, New Zealand and anticipates that the purchase from current owner, Samling Group, will be complete by mid-2019, subject to consent from the Overseas Investment Office. The intention is to launch a rebranded busi
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NZ Prime Minister supports Tas Rapid Relief Team

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has shown her support for the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) who have been feeding hundreds of emergency services personnel and Defence staff battling forest fires in the New Zealand Nelson-Tasman region. Source: Timberbiz Local NZ RRT volunteers h
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Responsible Wood Recertification of VicForests

VicForests has achieved a successful 3-year re-certification under the Responsible Wood standard. An audit was conducted across the business in December 2018 and recommended VicForests re-certification highlighting its thorough workplace and contractor safety standards, contractor man
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Maryvale Mill partnership with SUEZ for Energy from Waste project

Australian Paper has announced a partnership with SUEZ to develop the $600 million Maryvale Mill Energy from Waste (EfW) project following the successful completion of its feasibility study. The $7.5 million study was co-funded with the Australian and Victorian Governments. Source: Ti
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Hardwood chip export record falls again

Australia’s hardwood chip exports lifted to a record 1.824 million bone dried tonnes (bdmt) in the December quarter, feeding into a new annual record of 6.666 million bdmt for the full year 2018. At the same time, the quarterly average export price rose to a four-year high of USD146.5
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Huon Valley fires update – extent of damage still to be assessed

The Ta Ann Mill at Southwood and its surrounding plantations were a high priority for firefighters following widespread fire in the Huon Valley last week. There was some superficial damage to buildings as an ember attack in the wake of the fire front damaged a skylight and entered the
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