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National Farmers’ drive to encourage tree planting

The National Farmers Federation has a forestry expert running the government and industry drive to encourage farmers to plant more trees to alleviate Australia’s plantation shortage. Warwick Ragg, the NFF’s general manager of natural resource management, was the chief executive of Aus
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Queensland’s private native forest needs to be certified

Southern Queensland has more than three million hectares of private native forest but only 8000 hectares are certified. The wood message is working but much of the timber supply is uncertified and detrimental to the Responsible Wood message. In a wide ranging interview veteran foreste
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VEAC’s report discredited by forestry experts

Victoria’s forestry experts have savaged the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council’s (VEAC) draft proposals for the state’s Central West Forests, suggesting the agency no longer provides the legally required independent advice on natural resource management. The Victorian divisio
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Operational changes at ForestWorks

Tim Woods has taken on the role of acting general manager of ForestWorks following the resignation of general manager Diana Lloyd after more than two years in the role. Mr Woods is a well known and respected industry figure and a regular contributor to Timberbiz. Source: Timberbiz 
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Skills Standards Development Projects Update

Advances in Woodmachining and Sawdoctoring Project and the Sawmill Timber and Process Optimisation Project are currently in the development phase. These projects commenced with the establishment of Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) in late August 2018. Following feedback and consul
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Forest Practices Awards nominations open

The Board of the Forest Practices Authority (FPA) invites nominations for the Forest Practices Awards, these recognise excellence and continuous improvement in forest practices. The winners will be presented with Forest Practices Certificates of Excellence at an awards ceremony in 201
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AFCA workshop for log haulage code

The Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) will hold a workshop to discuss the draft Log Haulage Code (LHC) and identify key areas for discussion to inform the contents of the code. A representative from Sparke Helmore Lawyers will make a presentation at the workshop outlini
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Round two NFPI Centre Project Applications open

The National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NFPI) promotes innovation in Australia’s forest products industry. The Australian, South Australian and Tasmanian Governments combined initial commitment of $8 million has two National Institute for Forest Products Innovation Cent
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Frame and Truss national conference in Australia

The Frame and Truss Manufacturers Association of Australia (FTMA) will hold its national conference at the RACV Royal Pines in Benowa, Queensland on the 26 March 2019 with activities the day before and the Multinail Machinery Expo the day following the conference. This is the largest
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Improving export supply chain efficiency

An FWPA-funded project is analysing wood export supply chain management from various angles, including value and quality assessment, measurement and inventory assessment, phytosanitary testing and wood loading technologies. Source: Timberbiz As part of the project led by chief investi
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