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Further closures announced by Forestry Corporation

The New South Wales Forestry Corporation has advised that Edrom Road near Eden has been closed to the public until further notice following recent fires. Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Amba Addinsall asked the community to stay away off from Edrom Road until further notice and follow L
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Palaszczuk Government takes action to support timber industry jobs

The Queensland Government has announced its native timber action plan with the government saying it is taking decisive action to support regional Queensland timber industry jobs, locking in hardwood supplies in the Wide-Bay Burnett region up to 2026. The new timber industry action pla
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Boost to financial counselling to assist bushfire victims

The Australian Government has instigated additional measures to support recovery from this seasons’ bushfires, which will include 60 more rural financial counsellors and support workers, with an injection of $15 million in additional funding to the Rural Financial Counselling Service
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Support packages ready for fire affected timber producers

Federal Government support packages of up to $75,000 for primary producers affected by the bushfire crisis have been welcomed by the nation’s timber industry bodies. Both the Australian Forest Products Association, Institute of Foresters of Australia and the Australian Forest Growers,
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AUSTimber2020 moves to November

This week’s decision to postpone AUSTimber2020 until November because of the devastating bushfires in East Gippsland has been met with wide-spread industry and community support. The decision to reschedule AUSTimber2020 from April required careful consideration of the impact on commit
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Boral Timber workers unlimited paid leave to help fight fires

Boral Timber, along with all Boral divisions, has offered unlimited paid leave to its employees who are responding to the bushfire crisis. The company has people in many communities affected by the disaster, the company has also supplied equipment to the firefighting efforts. Source:
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AFPA looks to working with Victorian Government to reduce bushfires

The Australian Forest Products Association has paid tribute to the thousands of forestry industry workers and contractors who have been working tirelessly for months fighting fires. Source: Timberbiz “While we are all rightly applauding the volunteer fire fighters in the various state
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Victorian logging road receives funding for upgrade

The Victorian Labor Government is boosting safety at a notorious narrow road in Victoria’s south-west with a major upgrade on Dunkeld-Cavendish Road, this is a major link between the Glenelg and Henty highways which sees the transportation of timber. Source: Timberbiz Acting Minister
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Privatisation of NSW forestry in jeopardy due to fires

The $1bn privatisation of NSW forestry assets has been placed in jeopardy by the bushfires, with large swaths of the land already burned out and the plan unlikely to proceed if the damage is too extensive. Source: Timberbiz A scoping study announced in August is expected to continue t
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Royal Commission on bushfires – bring it on

Plans by Prime Minister Scott Morrison to take a proposal to Cabinet to establish a royal commission into the current catastrophic bushfires have been generally welcomed by the timber industry. Source: Timberbiz Climate change, and how to better prepare and adapt for the “new normal” 
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