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Timber biofuels need government incentives

With a number of coal-fired power stations tipped to close over the next decade, the Queensland timber industry says it could help alleviate any energy shortages by producing green fuel from its waste but is being held back by a lack of government incentives. Source: ABC Rural About o
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Waiting for Turnbull’s timber promise to materialise

Local timber workers are waiting at the ready to deliver Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s vision for a stronger timber industry, according to Deniliquin’s Gulpa Sawmill owner Ben Danckert. Source: Deniliquin Pastoral Times Mr Danckert, who is chair of The Nationals’ Red Gum branch, s
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Wood to buy Mirboo state forest

A South Gippsland landowner has offered to buy state forest to prevent the timber being harvested by Victorian Government owned logging company VicForests. Source: ABC News Jon Wood runs beef cattle on the edge of the intended harvest area at Mirboo North in eastern Victoria, and said
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Heyfield bought for $40m

Taxpayers are forking out at least $40 million to buy the beleaguered Heyfield timber mill in Gippsland, with the existing management becoming a shareholder along with the Victorian Government. Source: ABC News The Government has finally signed a deal to buy the business, after Premie
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Tasmania’s pulpwood plantation get the chop for $60m

A deal to sell Tasmania’s 29,000ha of pulpwood plantations for $60.7 million has been described as a strong outcome by the State Government — and a “fire sale” and “rip-off” by opponents. Sources: The Mercury, ABC News Questions have also been raised about the company, which Parliamen
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FWPA industry engagement moves forward

Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) has established a two-tiered structure for industry engagement and held a kick-off meeting in June. Source: Timberbiz Industry Advisory Groups (IAGs) – Five groups that align to FWPA’s outcome-driven programs and membership are open to all FWP
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Free field day for boutique timbers

Sawmill specialists, foresters and growers of boutique timbers will be gathering in south-east Queensland on 7 October to discuss farm forestry. Source: Timberbiz The field day at Bellthorpe, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, will include sawmilling demonstrations. Mixed rainforest gr
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FWPA & DANA Insights & Outlook Conference

DANA (NZ) Ltd is co-hosting the second FWPA/DANA Insights and Outlook Conference in Melbourne on 5 October at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins. Source: Timberbiz DANA and FWPA are collaborating closely with John Halkett the CEO of the Australian Timber Importers Association (ATIF) on
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WoodTECH 2017

Forestry Industry Engineering Assocation’s (FIEA) WoodTECH Melbourne and Rotorua 2017 events will attract scanning and sawing technology leaders, innovators and practitioners from around the world. Source: Timberbiz More than 350 delegates from major sawmilling companies in the region
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Mirboo North and VicForests to meet over concerns

VicForests has preliminary plans for three areas of state forest in the Mirboo North area, which have been zoned as suitable for timber harvesting. Source: Timberbiz According to VicForests planning for these areas will ensure any environmental values, such as streams and threatened s
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