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Federal Court decision on VicForests must be clarified – ramifications are too wide ranging

Urgent clarification is being sought following this week’s Federal Court decision, which found VicForests had not followed what appear to be conflicting Federal and State Government rules to protect endangered species. Industry bodies want the State and Federal governments to urgently
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Friday Analysis: Charities do not invade, or encourage illegal behaviour

It’s hard not to applaud Liberal Senator Claire Chandler’s call for the Bob Brown Foundation’s charity status to be revoked. What has irked the Tasmanian Senator is the foundation’s online funding page which seeks tax-deductible donations for its activism. This, she says, should be th
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AFPA backs MBA after dire forecast

The Australian Forest Products Association has backed Master Builders Australia’s Action Plan which calls for a raft of comprehensive economic stimulus measures from all levels of government to encourage new housing construction. Source: Timberbiz MBA’s Action Plan supports AFPA’s cal
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$140m bushfire relief package to provide targeted support for forestry

The Australian Forest Products Association has welcomed the NSW Government’s $140 million Bushfire Industry Recovery Package, which will provide urgently needed support for the state’s forest industries which were severely impacted by the Black Summer bushfires. Source: Timberbiz AFPA
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Eden-Monaro win to come on the back of forestry

The upcoming Eden-Monaro by-election will be strongly influenced by which candidate delivers the strongest and most positive approach for the forestry and forest products sector, according to the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products Association Ross Hampton. Sourc
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Tas Forest Industry releases recommended COVID-19 work practices guide

The Tasmanian Forest Industry has released of a set of recommended work practices to be used by workers across the forest industry operating under the Australian COVID-19 restrictions. Source: Timberbiz The Protocols were inspired by those operating in the New Zealand Forest Industry
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NSW’s $140m bushfire recovery package will provide urgent support

The Australian Forest Products Association has welcomed the NSW Government’s $140 million Bushfire Industry Recovery Package, which will provide urgently needed support for the state’s forest industries which were severely impacted by the Black Summer bushfires. Source: Timberbiz AFPA
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Housing stimulus plan released by MBA to stem huge fall

A housing stimulus plan that includes $40,000 cash grants for people building a new property as its centrepiece has been released by the Master Builders Association (MBA). Current industry forecasting indicates new home building will fall by almost 50%, putting half a million jobs at
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New Tasmanian industry forestry body formed

The Tasmanian forest products industry has formed a new peak body, the Tasmanian Forest Products Association to represent its interests and concerns to the community and with local, State and Federal governments. Source: Timberbiz The TFPA’s membership includes all the major growers a
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Opinion: Tim Johnston – Forestry can support our return to normal

In recent days the State and Commonwealth Governments have begun to announce plans for a phased relaxation of the restrictions in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. This welcome news has come after many weeks of uncertainty and anxiety for Victorians, and I’m sure I’m not alone in
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