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New chair for FPC

Ms Debra Blaskett has been appointed as the new Chair of the Forest Products Commission (FPC). Ms Blaskett, who has served as an FPC Commissioner since June 2021, brings to the role extensive experience as both a non-executive director and senior executive working across a range of in
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Is there a sale in the wind of Forestry Corporation by NSW Government

Wind and solar farms have been earmarked for construction across hundreds of kilometres of NSW government-owned softwood forestry land under proposed changes to the state’s energy laws. Source: The Sydney Morning Herald Close to 1600 hectares of Forestry Corporation land would be made
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WA’s South West Timber Hub receives much needed funding

Western Australia’s South West Timber Hub has received a funding extension until 2025, as part of $8.9 million announced by the Federal Government. Source: Timberbiz Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam and Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Li
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$9m Federal boost to support forestry growth

Australia’s nine Regional Forestry Hubs have received a $9 million funding boost to support growth in the forest industries. Spread out for the next four years, the funding is part of a $10.6 million national investment which will help finance the existing forestry hubs around Austral
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New Forests partners up to fight climate change in Africa

CDC Group – UK’s development finance institution, Finnfund – the Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation, Norfund ­­– the Norwegian Government’s investment fund for developing countries and New Forests announced an intention to partner to develop investment strategies designed to scal
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FWPA invites research projects to benefit commercial forest growers

Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) invites RD&E proposals to advance research of benefit to Australia’s commercial forest growers. Source: Timberbiz The call for proposals is aligned with FWPA’s: Program 4 – Increasing resource availability and reducing risk Program 3 – Ass
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30,000 hectares of Crown Land and State Forest in conservation plan

More than 30,000 hectares of NSW state forests, including the iconic Gardens of Stone will be transformed into a new eco-tourism and adventure destination on the edge of the Blue Mountains near Lithgow. Source: Timberbiz The centrepiece of the investment will be the Lost City Adventur
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ABARES position paper on forest reporting for the future

ABARES Australia’s State of the Forests Report – 2023 and beyond position paper identifies drivers for change in the mechanism of forest reporting through including increasing user expectations for access to current forest data, and access to information and analysis in digital, onlin
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Nationals Push to the Bush

Australia’s forest industries have welcomed the Federal Nationals’ push to grow jobs and population in regional Australia. Source: Timberbiz Australian Forest Products Association Chief Executive Officer Ross Hampton said that the timber industry could play a key role driving regional
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Lecture series at Mount Gambier to explore opportunities in Green Triangle

The Green Triangle has the ability to “build the nation” and is setting on a new partnership with landowners to realise growing market opportunities. With national and global demand for wood products set to quadruple by 2050, the Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub (GTFIH) has commit
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