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Forestry Corp in trouble again with EPA and fined $15,000

Forestry Corporation of NSW has been fined $15,000 for allegedly failing to comply with a post bushfire condition imposed to protect critical habitat in a forest near Batemans Bay. Source: Timberbiz The Site-Specific Operating Condition required FCNSW to permanently retain all hollow
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Tassie’s anti-protest laws make it to the Legislative Council

Debate on the Tasmanian State Government’s latest attempt to implement tough anti-protest laws has made it to the Legislative Council where it has so far survived. The Police Offences Amendment (Workplace Protection) Bill 2022 seeks to amend the Police Offences Act in relation to exis
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‘Crazy’ Victorian process to clear Wombat Forest – documents now unnecessary

Victorian Government bureaucrats have tried and failed in their bid to throw yet another hurdle in front of timber workers trying to salvage up to 500,000 tonnes of windblown fallen timber from the Wombat Forest, following the June 2021 storms. Source: The Weekly Times Harvest and hau
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Training for first responders on hold due to litigation at Forestec

Victoria’s emergency services personnel are unable to complete vital first responder training after activists placed an injunction of TAFE Gippsland’s Forestec Rowboat training coupe. In state parliament this week The Nationals’ Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath demanded
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Opinion: Dr Michelle Freeman – Tassie’s negative carbon emissions is harvesting and regrowing forests

Tasmania’s status as the only Australian state to achieve negative carbon emissions in 2020 is an amazing achievement and one that should be celebrated. However, there is more to the story than what you might have read in recent news. Tasmania’s carbon-negative position has been promo
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Friday analysis: Litigation won’t help put out fires

  There is possibly only one thing more dangerous than a bushfire breaking out and there being no fire brigade around to fight it. And that is probably an ill-equipped, poorly trained fire brigade being sent in to battle the blaze. Which begs the question as to why “third party l
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ForestTECH back on in NZ and Australia

ForestTECH is back after a Covid-enforced delay, with events scheduled for both Australia and New Zealand. The conferences will be held in Rotorua on 15-16 November with the Melbourne event on 22-23 November. Source: Timberbiz For 15 years, it’s been the one forest technology event ev
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Dieback is a natural response for healthy trees

New South Wales Natural Resources Commission and Australian National University recently held a talkfest on so-called dieback. Unfortunately, the scientists mostly don’t understand that dieback is a natural response of healthy trees to acute stress. For example, healthy eucalypts may
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The average Australian house frame ‘grown’ in about 2.5 minutes

How long it would take for Australia’s plantation estate to grow the amount of structural timber needed to build the average house frame? It’s important to note this question is particularly timely, because FWPA has just released a report on timber usage in residential construction. S
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CFMEU backs new laws protecting forestry workers

CFMEU, the union representing timber and forestry workers, supports new laws introduced by the Victorian Government to protect them from dangerous and ill-targeted workplace invasions. Source: Timberbiz The union has been campaigning for stronger deterrents to dangerous protest activi
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