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AFPA on the election trail

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has launched ‘Growing Your Future’, a Federal Election Campaign targeted at planting more timber production trees in the right places and securing the future of native forest industries. Source: Timberbiz “AFPA has developed ‘10 Action
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Makeover for Cobark Lookout

Cobark Lookout at Barrington Tops State Forest in New South Wales has had a makeover, offering visitors architect-designed facilities and a world class view. The lookout is the first stop for visitors on their way across the Barrington Tops from Gloucester, so was a great candidate fo
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FSC new trademark guide and new directors needed

FSC International has developed a new guide to assist promotional trademark license holders on how to use the FSC trademarks to promote FSC certified products and related services. The guide aims to provide straightforward, simple advice and is effective from 1 June 2019, and can be u
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Levy rebate available for 2019 wildfire affected private forest growers

Private Forests Tasmania (PFT) will assist private forest growers affected by the 2019 wildfires by providing a rebate for the private forest service levy (the levy), where the levy has been paid following timber harvesting operations in 2019 fire impacted forest areas. Source: Timber
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Andrews’ inaction unites and ignites timber industry

Peak industry groups representing thousands of men and women in Victoria who gain a livelihood from timber and forest industries are demanding that the Andrews Government immediately release an updated Timber Release Plan and deliver certainty regarding Regional Forest Agreements. The
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Research funding exhausted but two more NIFPI were promised

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) and Forest Industries Association of Tasmania (FIAT) welcome the Federal and Tasmanian Governments announcement of more than $4 million in research funding for forestry projects at Launceston’s National Institute for Forest Products In
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WA RFA extended for 20 years

The Western Australian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) has been extended for another 20 years with an annual sustainable yield of at least 191,000 cubic metres of high-quality jarrah and karri saw logs. The landmark RFA agreement for WA’s $1.4 billion was signed on Friday by the Prime
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Decline in building approvals and Labor’s policy will not help

According to the HIA’s Chief Economist Tim Reardon building approvals for detached houses declined again in February, consistent with the trend of the past year. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released its monthly building approvals data for Australia and the states and terri
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Labor climate change policy hits the right note

Climate Proofing Australia (CPA) welcomes the Federal Opposition’s climate change policy package that delivers on several of CPA’s policy priorities, including reinvigorating the Carbon Farming Initiative, developing new CFI methodologies, and creating “premium” carbon offsets to ince
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Sustainable Timber Tas to gain certification from FSC

Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT) has launched a process to gain certification for its forestry activities from the Forest Stewardship Council. SCS Global Services will conduct an audit of STT’s forestry practices, starting on 20 May, against the new FSC Australian Forest Stewardship
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