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Forest industry adds $7.3 billion to Victorian economy: research

The forest industry contributed more than $7 billion to the Victorian economy last financial year. This includes $1.9 billion in direct sales, and a further $5.4 billion once flow-on effects in other industries are included, leading to a total contribution to gross regional product (t
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Glyphosate is a safe and essential product for forestry

In the wake of a US court ruling on glyphosate, it’s important to reiterate the definitive science which highlights the product as safe while being essential for Australia’s sustainable and renewable forest industries according to chief executive officer of the Australian Forest Produ
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New timber processing and optimisation hub for Eden

A consortium of forestry companies has begun the development of a high-tech optimisation facility aimed at maximising the value of resource handled in the Eden and East Gippsland regions. Source: Timberbiz The new development at Edrom Road, Eden will be designed with the sustainable r
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Labor’s promised forestry plan – science over hysteria

The federal Labor Party has promised a forestry plan that emphasises science over environmental hysteria, and includes carbon farming and bioenergy as chief ways for the sector to fight climate change. Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz “Labor’s principle – it has to be informed by the fact
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Unprecedented partnership to produce 125,000 tonnes of timber

Aboriginal people on Cape York are branching out into the timber business as Rio Tinto expands its bauxite operations in far north Queensland. Source: The Australian In an unprecedented partnership with the international miner, the traditional Wik and Wik Way people have set up a comp
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End of an era for sandalwood

Senior timber assessor Steve Davis and technical officer Mike Cully have been working hard in Kununurra to harvest Indian sandalwood from old Forest Products Commission (FPC) research plots. Source: Timberbiz Senior forester (Ecology) Jon Brand said that the agreement between the FPC
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Drone ensures koala safety

The koala in Victoria’s Strzelecki Ranges has a new ally to guard its safety – the all-seeing drone that detects any animal in its sights.  It’s the preferred technology that family company Hazelwood Forestry, based in the Latrobe Valley, is now using for its business of wild life man
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OFO maps its future growth in Australia and NZ

OneFortyOne Plantations(OFO) is consolidating its position as a new vertically integrated company, including potentially using bioenergy as it maps future growth in Australia and New Zealand. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz The company’s executive general manger – forestry,
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Top 5: Market Points from IndustryEdge

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. 618,999 bdmt – IndustryEdge’s projection of woodchip exports
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New insights on koalas in hinterland forests

A major new study that records forest sounds has found evidence for up to 10 times the rate of koala occupancy in NSW’s north-east forests than previously estimated. Source: Timberbiz The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) project, which focused on the iconic marsupial’s respo
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