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Support packages ready for fire affected timber producers

Federal Government support packages of up to $75,000 for primary producers affected by the bushfire crisis have been welcomed by the nation’s timber industry bodies. Both the Australian Forest Products Association, Institute of Foresters of Australia and the Australian Forest Growers,
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AUSTimber2020 moves to November

This week’s decision to postpone AUSTimber2020 until November because of the devastating bushfires in East Gippsland has been met with wide-spread industry and community support. The decision to reschedule AUSTimber2020 from April required careful consideration of the impact on commit
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AFPA looks to working with Victorian Government to reduce bushfires

The Australian Forest Products Association has paid tribute to the thousands of forestry industry workers and contractors who have been working tirelessly for months fighting fires. Source: Timberbiz “While we are all rightly applauding the volunteer fire fighters in the various state
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Privatisation of NSW forestry in jeopardy due to fires

The $1bn privatisation of NSW forestry assets has been placed in jeopardy by the bushfires, with large swaths of the land already burned out and the plan unlikely to proceed if the damage is too extensive. Source: Timberbiz A scoping study announced in August is expected to continue t
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Bushfires update – cooler, wetter weather on the horizon

Firefighters in Eastern Australia are capitalising on calmer weather conditions forecast for the rest of this week with authorities still unable to accurately assess the damage to harvestable timber stocks. Source: Timberbiz In Victoria, where fires have burned an estimated 1.2 millio
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Building approvals increase mainly due to NSW

Building approvals in November reached their highest level since March 2019, up by 11.8 % due predominantly to a surge in approvals in New South Wales according to HIA Economist Tom Devitt. The Australian Bureau of Statistics released its monthly building approvals data covering all s
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Better management needed by government to reduce bushfire risk

Pressure is mounting on State governments to better manage national parks through hazard reduction burning and selective logging, to avoid a repeat of the bushfire crisis sweeping the nation. Fires yesterday in extreme conditions continued to threaten areas in south eastern  NSW, east
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Australia is under fire

There are fears two massive bushfires burning on the NSW-Victorian border could join in coming days, creating one massive fire front. CFA state response controller Gavin Freeman said there was a “real potential” the fires burning along the state border could combine. The Corryong fire
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Tech design guide for mid rise timber building

The increasing use of timber building systems in mid-rise construction is creating a demand for engineering and design professionals familiar with their requirements. The new WoodSolutions Technical Design Guide, Mid-rise Timber Building Structural Engineering has been written to addr
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Robocalls highlight Labor’s betrayal of timber workers

Tens of thousands of voters in regional Victoria have received robocalls over the past 48 hours, highlighting Labor’s betrayal of timber workers, their families and timber communities. Source: Timberbiz The calls feature a timber worker and Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and En
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