Australasia's home for timber news and information

Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry

The Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry is open and entries must be submitted by 1 May 2017 but to enter you must join the Institute of Foresters of Australia. Source: Timberbiz The Award is to recognise the achievements of outstanding young forest professionals and is to e
Continue Reading →

Biomass can provide baseload energy

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) in its submission to the Finkel Review has recognised bioenergy produced from sustainable biomass can provide baseload energy and substantially reduce emissions using established technology. Source: Timberbiz “The Government has committed to
Continue Reading →

Recommissioned wood pellet plant for WA

An Australian wood pellet processing plant in care and maintenance for the past five years is set to be recommissioned due to a low Australian dollar and increased international demand. Source: ABC Rural Plantation Energy secured $7 million of funding from multinational energy company
Continue Reading →

VicForest invites public consultation of timber plan

VicForests is seeking comment from local community members on its proposed Timber Utilisation Plan (formally Wood Utilisation Plan) relating to small-scale timber harvesting operations across Victoria. Source: Timberbiz The community consultation period begins on 20 February 2017 and
Continue Reading →

Great Forest National Park numbers don’t add up

The peak body for the forest, fibre and wood products industry, the Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) says the establishment of the proposed Great Forest National Park (GFNP) would have negative consequences, not only for the industry, but socially and economically for
Continue Reading →

VAFI and AFPA welcome RFA in Gippsland

The Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI), has welcomed the extension of the East Gippsland Regional Forest Agreement as has the Australian Forest Products Association. Source: Timberbiz The East Gippsland RFA amendment for the extension was signed by the Prime Minister, t
Continue Reading →

EWPAA says substandard imports safety hazards

The Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA) has made a detailed submission to the Senate Inquiry on Non-Conforming Building Products, highlighting the inherent safety concerns and risks involved with the use and importation of these products. Source: Timberbiz The
Continue Reading →

Today’s Gin Gin Field Day postponed

Private Forestry Service Queensland’s Tobin Field Day near Gin Gin has been postponed. Source: Timberbiz The field day, which had been scheduled for today (February 2) was put on the backburner because of problems with the availability of a chipping machine. It is now hoped to h
Continue Reading →

Renewable forest products can help economy

Global production of all major wood products grew for the sixth consecutive year in 2015, with increases in production volumes of up to 8 percent, according to new data published by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (UN FAO). Key trends identified include: a
Continue Reading →

VicForests’ new biodiversity conservation research manager

Tim McBride, wildlife conservation expert, has recently joined VicForests as the new Biodiversity Conservation Research Manager. Source: Timberbiz Mr McBride has been working in the forestry industry for more than 22 years with a strong focus in forest ecology and wildlife conservatio
Continue Reading →