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Timber education website makeover

FWPA’s WoodSolutions Campus – a collaboration with the University of Tasmania to provide free online timber education – has had a website make-over, and is the subject of a new promotional campaign. Source: Timberbiz The campaign invites timber salespeople and others in the timber sup
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Safety conference highlights culture and technology changes

A major national conference series on forest safety practices is set to showcase how forestry leaders have brought about practical benefits to logging and forestry workplaces through changes in culture and technology. Source: Timberbiz Registrations are now open for the 4th FIEA Fores
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The switch to timber is well underway

Timber is being used instead of conventional materials in 21 substantial building projects from government housing to hotels and offices, thanks to the hard work of FWPA’s Mid-rise Advisory Program. Sources: Timberbiz, FWPA Developers of a further 262 projects are also expressing inte
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Frame conference wrap-up

Australia now has the third highest number of tall buildings in the world made from wood. More than 50 buildings in Australia have been built from engineered timber in the past five years, with Australia now having the third highest number of tall buildings in the world made from wood
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AFPA backs Labor’s forestry plan

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has welcomed Federal Labor’s commitment, that should it be elected, a Labor Government will deliver “a comprehensive strategic plan” for the forest sector. Source: Timberbiz Labor’s agriculture spokesperson the Hon Joel Fitzgibbon made
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Green group still owes VicForests more than $1 million

Green group My Environment still owes VicForests more than $1 million from a Supreme Court case, as the state government’s timber corporation has given up trying to obtain the money. By Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz The situation has been condemned by the State Opposition, which said t
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Forest industry reputation damaged by harvest residues 

The successful prosecution of a forest management company by the Marlborough District Council has been endorsed by the Forest Owners Association of New Zealand. Source: Timberbiz Merrill and Ring has been fined NZ$39,000 and ordered to pay an additional NZ$20,000 in reparations by the
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Nominations open for Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry

The Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA) is calling for nominations for, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales Sustainable Forestry Award for 2018. Source: Timberbiz “It is about forests and foresters,” said Mr Rob de Fégely, vice-president of the Institute of Foresters of Austr
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FWPA seeking non-executive directors

Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) is seeking to appoint at least three non-executive directors to its skills-based board. Source: Timberbiz FWPA is an unlisted public company (limited by guarantee) that provides national, integrated promotion, research and development services
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Forestry stats look good for Australia

Australia’s total sawlog harvest has reached a record high of 33.1 million cubic metres, a rise of 10%, with gross value also a record $2.6 billion, up 13%, latest figures show. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz Exports also increased by 11% to $3.5 billion, driven by woodchips, ac
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