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OFO community grants nominations extension date

Community groups, not-for-profits and schools have been urged to nominate for $50,000 in grants from OneFortyOne (OFO). OneFortyOne in partnership with The Stand Like Stone Foundation has distributed $180,000 to 18 local community projects since 2014. Source: Timberbiz Over six years
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Bushfire royal commission delayed due to restrictions

The bushfires royal commission has delayed its opening hearing as coronavirus restrictions force a move to virtual meetings. The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements and the separate state bushfire inquiries have suspended face-to-face meetings with fire-affect
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China Global Wood Trade Conference

China is planning for its 10th Global Wood Trade Conference to be held in Xi-an from 15-16 September however, given the current global pandemic it is likely to not be a particularly popular event, even if the pandemic has subsided. Source: Timberbiz China Global Wood Trade Conference
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FSC AGM may be postponed due to COVID-19

Like many businesses, the FSC network has been affected by the requirements of social isolation and distancing, travel bans, and quarantines. Regional meetings and the annual global staff meeting have been postponed and many are working from home. Source: Timberbiz The FSC has made en
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Responsible Wood answering to COVID-19 issues in Australia and NZ

Representatives from Australia and New Zealand met to discuss AS/NZS 4708 as the historic Trans-Tasman forestry standard moves a step closer. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, representatives from up to 26 different organisations participated in a teleconference instead of face-to-face due
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Key forestry assets are critical infrastructure in bushfire emergencies

Key forestry assets such as the NSW Southwest Slopes’ softwood plantations, which support the biggest economic sector in the region, should be considered critical infrastructure when allocating firefighting and fire mitigation resources, the Royal Commission into Natural Disaster Arra
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Timber Offsite conference, DesignBUILD and AWISA exhibitions postponed

The Timber Offsite Construction 2020 Conference has been postponed until later in the year because of COVID-19 as has DesignBUILD and the Australian Woodworking Industry Suppliers Association’s (AWISA) exhibition planned for 1-4 July in Sydney. Source: Timberbiz The Timber Offsite Con
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NZ cancels Wood Resene awards and WPMA cancels design seminar

The 2020 NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards are just one of the latest to fall victim to COVID-19 with the March 26 dinner and awards presentation cancelled. Also cancelled is the Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association NZ Wood Design Guide Seminar planned for the same day. Sou
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UQ student wins excellence in timber design

University of Queensland student Bridget Scanlan was announced as winner of the inaugural Responsible Wood Civil Engineering prize. Ms Scanlan graduated as a structural engineer. Source: Timberbiz Ms Scanlan was awarded the inaugural Responsible Wood Civil Engineering Prize for excell
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Small house, big impact: TAFE NSW students build house for charity

A relocatable cottage built by TAFE NSW building design, carpentry, plumbing, and electrotechnology students was sold at auction at the weekend for $100,000 with the money raised going to the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation. Source: Timberbiz The structure utilises timber wall
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