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NZ incentives for tree planting include climate change vision

New Zealand has deepened the environmental role of forestry as part of its $NZ480 million, 10-year plan to plant one billion new trees by 2028. The Minister for Forests, Shane Jones, said NZ had now included permanent forests as part of changes to its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) sh
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Round two NFPI Centre Project Applications open

The National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NFPI) promotes innovation in Australia’s forest products industry. The Australian, South Australian and Tasmanian Governments combined initial commitment of $8 million has two National Institute for Forest Products Innovation Cent
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Improving export supply chain efficiency

An FWPA-funded project is analysing wood export supply chain management from various angles, including value and quality assessment, measurement and inventory assessment, phytosanitary testing and wood loading technologies. Source: Timberbiz As part of the project led by chief investi
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Indepth on VicForests report

VicForests made a net profit of $1.2 million on sales of about $101 million in 2017-18 despite big cutbacks in the state’s timber resource, according to the annual report of the government’s commercial forestry operator. The state-owned company, despite a small drop in the value of sa
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AUSTimber2020: New year, new look

Just in time for the new year Australian Forest Contractors’ Association (AFCA) has launched its new AUSTimber website, its exhibitor prospectus, partner prospectus and electronic exhibitor booking form, which has been designed to make it easier to be part of the show. Source: Timberb
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Auction raises $14k for CFS, Men’s Shed

An auction of vehicles and household goods by Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers has raised $14,000, which will be donated to the Kingscote Men’s Shed, CFS and Lions clubs. The items were from the deceased estate of Christopher Madden, who had lived on one of the company’s forestry pr
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VicForests strong financial record in FY2017-18

VicForests has delivered strong financial results across its business with a recorded net profit of $1.2 million, no debt and cash in the bank for the financial year 2017/18. VicForests chief executive officer, Nathan Trushell said the result was evidence of VicForests’ responsible ha
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A need to invest more in pulp and paper

Investment in Australia’s pulp and paper industry needs to grow by at least 20% over the next five years to expand the sector, according to the industry’s 2018 Sustainability Report. Investment this year was $8 billion, while local production of paper and paperboard was 3.251 million
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New ForestWorks directors

ForestWorks AGM was held on 29 November in the ForestWorks’ Melbourne office. The 2017-18 Annual Report was presented by acting chair Tony Price and there was an election of new directors. Source: Timberbiz Ross Hampton was elected as an employer nominee and Denise Campbell-Burns was
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VEAC’s draft proposals ignore real issues in Central West

Victorian Environment Assessment Council (VEAC) draft forestry proposals for Central West Victoria slug the region’s timber industry, while ignoring its economic importance and its role in fighting fires and maintaining biodiversity, according to the state’s peak forestry body. The dr
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