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Building for bushfires and minimizing risk

Designing to ‘build out’ bushfires by minimising the risk of ember, radiant heat and flame damage means timber homes can safely be built, even in bushfire-prone areas (BPA). With fire authorities predicting an increasing bushfire threat in Australia, building with fire in mind has bec
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New Timber Queensland Board has an eye on the future

Timber Queensland, the body representing the State’s $3.2 billion per annum forest and timber industry, held its Annual General Meeting and a unanimous decision by members present elected James Hyne, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Hyne Timber as the new chair and Paul Bidwell deputy
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VAFI seeks to work with new forestry minister

The Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) congratulates the Andrews Government’s newly appointed Agriculture Minister, Jaclyn Symes, MP. VAFI CEO, Tim Johnston, said he looks forward to working closely with Minister Symes on behalf of VAFI members given the industry’s econ
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Keep up with the revolution in offsite timber construction

Smart technology is changing everything. The advances taking place in the offsite manufacture of timber frame and mass wood buildings for residential and commercial buildings, is nothing short of revolutionary. New and smart technologies are improving productivity and speed of constru
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Institute of Foresters call for papers

The Institute of Foresters of Australia and the New Zealand Institute of Forestry have made a call for papers for the joint conference 25-28 August (Christchurch) 2019. The theme for this major conference is: The Forest Newsfeed: Communicating Forestry in the Connected Age. Source: Ti
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Australian Paper gets enviro tick for waste disposal energy

Australian Paper’s $600 million energy from waste proposal at its Latrobe Valley plant has been given an ‘environmental tick’ from EPA Victoria. The EPA has issued a Works Approval, which means the project meets the EPA’s stringent emissions standards. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timbe
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Three NSW regional agreements renewed

The three New South Wales Regional Forest Agreements have been renewed by the Federal and State Governments, giving the timber industry access to the state’s native forests for another 20 years. The agreements were signed off by the federal Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud; the
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Deloitte report on economic impact of VicForests

Victoria’s native forest industry generated a direct $770 million in revenue in 2015-16 and supported more than 2500 jobs, most in regional areas, according to a report from Deloitte Access Economics. The industry’s overall economic impact over 10 years is more than $5 billion. The De
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New Victorian minister for forestry

Victoria’s forestry policy from now will be in the hands of Jaclyn Symes, who has been appointed Agriculture Minister in the re-elected Andrews Government. Ms Symes, 39, is the Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, but must wait until her re-election is formally confirmed before s
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First meeting of the Durable Eucalyptus Grower’s Forum

Several groups from around Australia who are growing durable hardwoods trees recently got together for a conference. It was a great learning curve for all. The forum, which took place at Yarram in Victoria’s South Gippsland, was hosted by Heartwood Plantations, which is growing durabl
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