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Close the loophole in Victoria’s Sustainable Forests Act

Forest and Wood Communities Australia wants the Andrews Government to close the loophole in the Sustainable Forests Act which has enabled activist vigilantes to devastate the livelihoods of regional Victorians. Source: Timberbiz Unlike the Environment Protection Act 2017 (Section 347)
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Forestry Corp helps to open a café

The Nyanggan Gapi Café had previously been run by Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation out of a small portable container. Thanks to its success and with the support of a grant from the NSW Regional Tourism and Infrastructure Fund, and Forestry Corporation of NSW the organis
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Engineered Wood Products welcomes new FWPA CEO

The Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia has joined many other timber product industry voices welcoming the appointment of Andrew Leighton as the new Forest & Wood Products Australia Chief Executive Officer. Source: Timberbiz “Andrew has significant previous experie
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FWPA appoints new CEO

Norske Skog Australasia managing director Andrew Leighton has been appointed Forest and Wood Products Australia’s new Chief Executive Officer. He replaces Ric Sinclair who retired as managing director late last year after 13 years in the role. Mr Leighton starts in his new role on Feb
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AFCA GM aims to showcase forestry’s value and importance

The new head of the Australian Forest Contractors Association believes the industry needs to be less defensive in its public image and more showcasing of its value and importance. Source: Timberbiz Carlie Porteous, the new general manager of the Australian Forest Contractors Associati
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WA Gov’t should look at science for ending native forestry

Forestry Australia wants the Western Australian Government to release scientific evidence in justification of its decision to end native forest harvesting. Source: Timberbiz Forestry Australia President Bob Gordon said the association was concerned the decision to end native harvestin
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Opinion: Nick Steele – Growing our Future

Forestry and the wood it produces, has a role to play in addressing climate change, but attitudes need to change. It is an ongoing obstruction – the rigid divide between science and emotion that if not resolved will leave us scratching our heads and unable to move forward on climate c
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Friday analysis: Brazen bulling and shameful conduct from WA Government

There are only so many kicks in the teeth an industry can cope with. In Victoria of course there was the pre-Christmas Supreme Court decision which effectively shut down VicForests’ entire native timber operations. The court order cites that any coupe with one or more greater glider s
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Building approvals increase in November

The number of building approvals issued in November 2021 increased by 3.6% compared with the previous month, with both detached and multi-unit approvals increasing for the month. Source: Timberbiz Approvals for detached homes in November 2021 were the strongest since February 2000, ex
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Both lobby groups and forestry criticise WA Government

The WA government’s plan to stop native logging continues to be criticised with lobby groups on both sides speaking out. Source: Busselton Mail In September 2021 the government announced it would end native timber logging from 2024, leaving nearly two million hectares of native
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