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Forest Industry Awards deferred

The 2020 Forest Industry Awards and Gala Dinner has been deferred due to the national COVID-19 crisis. The awards and dinner were scheduled to be held in June at Parliament House in Canberra, but AFPA CEO Ross Hampton said with the restrictions on social gatherings and movements for a
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Government urged to recognise forest product industries as essential

State and federal governments have been urged to recognise the essential services provided by Australia’s forest product industries, as they consider further restrictions to contain CoVid-19. Source: Timberbiz The Australian Forest Products Association CEO Ross Hampton said Australian
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FSC AGM may be postponed due to COVID-19

Like many businesses, the FSC network has been affected by the requirements of social isolation and distancing, travel bans, and quarantines. Regional meetings and the annual global staff meeting have been postponed and many are working from home. Source: Timberbiz The FSC has made en
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Responsible Wood answering to COVID-19 issues in Australia and NZ

Representatives from Australia and New Zealand met to discuss AS/NZS 4708 as the historic Trans-Tasman forestry standard moves a step closer. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, representatives from up to 26 different organisations participated in a teleconference instead of face-to-face due
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Relief packages for NZ forestry workers post COVID-19

New Zealand’s Forest Owners Association says it is working closely with the government in making sure that relief packages for forestry workers will both look after the workers and also speed economic recovery when the COVID-19 epidemic is over. Source: Timberbiz The incoming FOA Pres
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Key forestry assets are critical infrastructure in bushfire emergencies

Key forestry assets such as the NSW Southwest Slopes’ softwood plantations, which support the biggest economic sector in the region, should be considered critical infrastructure when allocating firefighting and fire mitigation resources, the Royal Commission into Natural Disaster Arra
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Financial support missing in Victoria but it is vital for forestry

Timber industry peak bodies have urged the Victorian Government to urgently intervene to save the Victoria’s native timber industry following the extension of an injunction preventing timber harvesting in 13 coupes. Source: Timberbiz The Supreme Court’s decision is the latest setback
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Daily Timber News is committed to communication in an era of COVID-19

A number of substantial challenges confront the timber industry in Australia and in New Zealand. Daily Timber News, and Timberbiz, have been challenged in covering the Victorian Native Timber decision, the State Environmental Planning Policy (Koala Habitat Protection) issue in New Sou
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PEFC guidance for auditing affected by COVID-19

Responsible Wood has issued PEFC’s guidance for chain of custody auditing of PEFC certified companies affected by restrictions due to COVID-19. The organisation says that due to the spread of COVID-19 worldwide, travel and medical restrictions are affecting auditing activities. Source
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Victorian Liberals show support for native timber industry

The forestry industry has congratulated the Victorian Liberal Nationals Opposition for showing its support for the industry in Victoria and trying to ensure it has a future. Source: Timberbiz Earlier this week the member for East Gippsland Melina Bath introduced a motion to State Parl
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