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Friday analysis: China’s talking, and things are looking up post Trump

There appears to be some movement in the China situation. Firstly, it appears there may be some response from China. That response – that China has notified the World Trade Organization that it will introduce new regulations covering anti-pest measures for timber imports, including th
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Home building grant boosts Queensland industries

Queensland’s regional building industry is kicking off the New Year on a high note, with the Palaszczuk government confirming it has extended the Regional Home Building boost grant until 31 March 2021. Source: Timberbiz The expansion of the grant will see eligible new home buyers cont
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Queensland timber industry stung by China’s bite

Queensland’s $3.6bn timber industry is feeling the bite of Chinese trade sanctions with workers stood down and contractors racking up losses in the tens of millions of dollars. Source: Courier Mail Brisbane’s Courier Mail reported today China is virtually the only customer for Queensl
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FSC Revised Policy for Association complaint procedures

The revised Policy for Association (PfA) complaint procedure, allowing for swifter processes and better outcomes for forests and people – will be tested in 2021.The updated procedure as approved by the FSC International Board of Directors introduces a variety of routes for resolving c
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Building approvals up for past five months

ABS Building Approvals data for detached houses rose for the fifth consecutive month in November to reach the highest number of approvals since December 1999. Source: Timberbiz “While HomeBuilder was the catalyst for improving consumer confidence in the housing market, the strength of
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Friday analysis: Good plans for 2021 but China isn’t one of them

2021 seems to have got off to a reasonably good start with plans announced for a pellet plant on Kangaroo Island, a briquette plant at the Eden export facility and funding for Gippsland’s fire damaged road system. But the China problem just won’t go away. Source: Bruce Mitchell It’s C
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Doing Timber Business in Queensland 2021

Join Queensland’s industry supply chain at a one-day symposium followed by barefoot bowls and BBQ networking. This event is in lieu of Timber Queensland’s 2020 conference and it presents an informal opportunity for industry stakeholders to come together, reconnect and network in
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Still no response from China on log exports

China has still not responded to Federal Government and industry enquiries concerning contaminated log exports. Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said his department had formally written to Chinese authorities on two occasions seeking further information about detections of bark
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Review of ABC error-filled story returns a positive for forestry

The ABC’s Audience and Consumer Affairs Department has admitted that a recently published story made a series of errors which showed Australian forestry in a negative light. Justin Law, Managing Director of community group, Forest and Wood Communities Australia, made the complaint to
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Dropout rates from industry to be examined by SA government

The causes of higher than desired drop-out rates in forestry industries training is being examined by a South Australian Government funded project. Source: Timberbiz Mount Gambier-based Logging Investigation & Training Association and the Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub gaine
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