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New thinking transforms housing construction

If you’re in the housing design, manufacturing or construction business, you know the industry in Australia is challenged. Skilled labour is in short supply, productivity levels are low and have not improved in decades, and construction costs are soaring. Against a backdrop of a globa
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Confor forestry prize to UK Masters student

Lorna Johnson, a Masters student at Harper Adams University, has won Confor’s first Future of Forestry writing prize. The 22-year-old, also a graduate agricultural consultant with ADAS, won £500 and a certificate, presented by the UK Forestry Minister David Rutley MP at a Westminster
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AFCA Hall of Fame and industry presentations

The Australian Forestry Contractors’ Association (AFCA) has continued the tradition of recognising and celebrating the important contribution those in the forestry industry have made over a long period of time at the Hall of Fame and annual dinner 2018. More than 100 guests witnessed
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FSC hosts Chinese forestry delegation

FSC Australia was asked to host a Chinese State and Provincial forestry delegation to learn more about FSC, how standards are developed and what are the drivers for certification.  Adam Beaumont, APAC Regional Director provided an introduction to FSCI (globally), followed by FSC Austr
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Australian forestry delegation in Japan for trade relationship

An Australian forest industries delegation is in Japan this week meeting with Japanese industry leaders and government officials. The trip is aimed at forging stronger trade ties and to reinforce Australia’s sustainable forest management practices. The delegation will update Japanese
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Keep up with the revolution in offsite timber construction

Smart technology is changing everything. The advances taking place in the offsite manufacture of timber frame and mass wood buildings for residential and commercial buildings, is nothing short of revolutionary. New and smart technologies are improving productivity and speed of constru
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Institute of Foresters call for papers

The Institute of Foresters of Australia and the New Zealand Institute of Forestry have made a call for papers for the joint conference 25-28 August (Christchurch) 2019. The theme for this major conference is: The Forest Newsfeed: Communicating Forestry in the Connected Age. Source: Ti
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Elmia builds for the future

Jönköping City Council has given the green light for Elmia’s planned development of its facilities. The first shovel will be put in the ground in autumn and the new exhibition hall of 10,000 square metres is scheduled for completion by 2021. Source: Timberbiz “It’s a hugely pleasing a
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First meeting of the Durable Eucalyptus Grower’s Forum

Several groups from around Australia who are growing durable hardwoods trees recently got together for a conference. It was a great learning curve for all. The forum, which took place at Yarram in Victoria’s South Gippsland, was hosted by Heartwood Plantations, which is growing durabl
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Durable Eucalyptus Grower’s Forum Australia & NZ launched

Eucalyptus species are grown throughout the world for their hardwood qualities and rapid growth. As a plantation species, their most common use is for pulp production and in many developing countries for utility poles and fuel wood. In Australia, there are approximately 900,000 hectar
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