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Sustainable Timber Tas and Parks & Wildlife announce road openings 

Florentine Road and Arve Road to the Hartz Mountain junction in Tasmania have been reopened.  As a result of the Gell River and Riveaux Road bushfires, Florentine Road and Arve Road have remained closed since the beginning of the year due to unsafe and hazardous conditions. After exte
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NZ forest industry welcomes additional government resources

New Zealand forest industry leaders have stated that the pre-Budget announcement by Forestry Minister Shane Jones of additional regional resources for Te Uru Rākau is potentially of great benefit to regional New Zealand. Farm Forestry Association President, Neil Cullen, says Shane Jon
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FWPA new brand to reframe forestry in the eyes of the public

Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) is preparing to launch The Ultimate Renewable™, a new brand that offers a universal, positive communications message for the sector to share. Eileen Newbury, National Marketing and Communications Manager at FWPA, said it’s all about reframing
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Labor forestry policies ahead in final days of election promises

An analysis by the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), of forest industry related policy commitments has revealed that the ALP leads the Coalition as the campaign enters its final days. Source: Timberbiz “Our industries have spent two years developing a growth plan for our
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IFA and AFG Ballarat field trip

A joint Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers field trip will be held on 26 May in the Mount Cole/Beaufort area near Ballarat which will show the many aspects of sustainable forest management. Staff from DELWP, HVP, and VicForests plus other experts will gu
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Bipartisan funding for SW Slopes’ Regional Forest Industry Hub

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has welcomed funding commitments, from both the Coalition and Federal Labor, of $1 million to kickstart a Regional Forest Industry Hub in NSW’s South West Slopes (SWS) Region. These commitments mean the Hub will be funded whichever sid
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Vic Transport Association backs Bill for forestry owner/drivers

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) – representing the state’s freight, transport and logistics industry – has thrown its support behind a Bill introduced to the Victorian Parliament intended to make work safer and fairer for owner drivers and forestry contractors. Source: Timbe
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Decline in forest plantations – we need better national policies

Recent forestry statistics show a further decline in the total area of Australia’s forest plantations, highlighting the need for meaningful policy, from both sides of federal politics, to reverse this trend. The Australian Plantation Statistics 2019 update report released by the Austr
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Timber Queensland welcomes Labor support for forestry

The Queensland timber industry has welcomed a number of important measures in the recent federal Labor policy package announced by Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Joel Fitzgibbon. Source: Timberbiz “The timber industry in Queensland directly supports over 10,0
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More R&D needed in Australian forestry

Both major political parties have committed to spend more on forestry research and development to reverse the plunge in both industry R&D spending and the number of research scientists over the past decade. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz R&D was a key theme of last week’
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