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Taking the fuel out of bushfire risk

Australia’s forest managers will have a better understanding of mechanical fuel load reduction as a tool to reduce bushfire risk thanks to the $1.5 million Mechanical Fuel Load Reduction Trials. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said bush
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Australia-Japan forest products trade strengthened

The Australian forest industries delegation which visited Japan last week has been hailed a success, forging new relationships with Japanese forest products companies and showcasing Australia’s renewably-sourced wood fibre to Japan’s lucrative wood biomass market, a rapidly-expanding
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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. Find out more at www.industryedge.com.au 52% OF SOFTWOOD CON
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Federal Labor pitch for forestry summit and strategic plan 

At Labor’s National Conference, the Party committed to holding a summit for the forestry sector to inform the development of a comprehensive forestry strategic plan. The changes to the ALP’s National Platform recognise the forest industries’ potential to be part of Australia’s climate
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Tasmanian forestry innovation sees new bio-solvent hit the EU

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Richard Colbeck welcomed news that a world-first ‘bio-based’ alternative to fossil-fuel-based solvent developed in Tasmania is now approved for sale in the European Union. Source: Timberbiz “The Liberal National Government
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Forest Industry Advisory Council announced

South Australia’s forest and forest products sector is set to benefit from a new Forest Industry Advisory Council that will help drive the industry forward. Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said he was thrilled to be delivering on this election co
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Southern Tree Breeding Association to become Tree Breeding Australia

The Southern Tree Breeding Association (STBA) – manager of national tree improvement programs and supplier of tree genetic evaluation services to Australia’s $23 billion forestry sector – will become Tree Breeding Australia (TBA) from 1 July 2019. Source: Timberbiz At its
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Monash PALS up with wood-pulp

A bio-manufacturing research hub that aims to transform wood-pulp into new, useable and renewable products has been launched at Monash University. The Processing Advanced Lignocellulosics hub – or PALS – is a consortium of industry, the Commonwealth Government through the Australian R
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Merger between IFA and AFG one step closer

Exciting times are ahead for the Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA) and Australian Forest Growers (AFG) as they facilitate Extraordinary General Meetings for their members to vote on the proposed merger of IFA and AFG, a proposal endorsed by both boards of the two not-for-profi
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Active fuel management can help reduce bushfire risk

The Queensland timber industry has praised the efforts of the state’s fire and emergency services in the recent central Queensland bushfires, while recommending that more action be undertaken on fuel reduction and preventative management to mitigate future impacts. Timber Queensland C
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