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Dollar benefits of softwood plantations in NSW

New research has detailed the millions of dollars and thousands of jobs generated by softwood plantations in the NSW South West Slopes and Central Tablelands. Source: Timberbiz The softwood plantation industry in the South West Slopes contributed $1.05 billion in direct sales in 2015-
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Grow a building in an hour? Yes, we can!

In just one hour, Australian softwood plantations can grow enough timber to create a nine-storey building’s worth of engineered timber, according to calculations by FWPA’s Mid-rise Advisory Program. Source: Timberiz The Program estimates that more than one million hectares of Australi
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Robots

The use of robots or autonomous machines will definitely pay a big role in forest operations in the future, driven by the need for safety and higher productivity, according to a New Zealand researcher. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz Professor Rien Visser, from the School of Fore
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AFPA backs Labor’s forestry plan

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has welcomed Federal Labor’s commitment, that should it be elected, a Labor Government will deliver “a comprehensive strategic plan” for the forest sector. Source: Timberbiz Labor’s agriculture spokesperson the Hon Joel Fitzgibbon made
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Forestry innovation research grants open

The Australian and Tasmanian governments are supporting advances in a sustainable and productive forestry industry with wood product innovation they hope will grow the sector. Source: Timberbiz Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, and Tasmanian
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Fighting in the forest for the seat of Braddon

Braddon Liberal candidate Brett Whiteley had a clear request for Labor asking them to “walk away” from the Tasmanian Forest Agreement. Braddon is a rural electorate in the north-western and west of Tasmania which is due for a by-election. Sources: The Advocate, Timberbiz The seat of B
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Waratah Forestry Equipment and Hultdins in distribution partnership

Waratah Forestry Equipment and Hultdins have formed a distribution partnership to offer an extended product line of grapples and grapple saws to Waratah customers in Australia and New Zealand. Source: Timberbiz The Waratah-branded grapples and grapple saws are a result of customer dem
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Top 5: Market Points from IndustryEdge

594,354 bdmt – Australia’s woodchip exports were just 2,173 bone dried metric tonnes less than the prior month in April 2018 4.467 million m3 – Australia’s softwood log exports for the year-ended April 2018 6.7% – the Producer Price Index (Output) for Log Sawmilling & Timber Dress
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Quintis recapitalization and report to creditors

McGrathNicol Partners Jason Preston, Shaun Fraser and Robert Brauer, who were appointed Receivers and Managers of Quintis Ltd and a number of its subsidiaries in January 2018, have provided an update on the recapitalization of the companies. Source: Timberbiz, ABC News The creditors v
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VicForests releases social impact scoping to Mirboo North and Noojee

VicForests has released to the Mirboo North community and the Noojee community social impact scoping summary reports that assess concerns and support around plans to harvest coupes near the towns. Source: Timberbiz Mirboo North VicForests’ General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Alex Mess
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