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Wooden portraits

A piece of wood, a chisel, a hacksaw blade and a few hours of time are enough for Vallivireddy Srinivasa Rao to carve out a wooden marvel. Source: The Hindu Times The self-taught artist is adept at making wooden portraits and created over 1000 masterpieces in the past two decades. His
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Truckies turn on Heyfield closure

This month, more than 40 logging trucks and their drivers rallied alongside the CFMEU in a fight for the survival of the Heyfield Mill in Victoria. A strong visual reminder of the role trucking plays in any industry, it’s clear the potential closure of the Heyfield Mill in a tow
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Our oldest trees

They say that trees live for thousands of years. Like many things that “they” say, there is a germ of truth in the saying (even though it is mostly false). Sources: The Conversation, ABC News The vast majority of trees that burst forth from seeds dropped on the Australian
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NZIER report says low levels of new plantings needs review

New Zealand needs more trees. An increase in plantation forestry is the best and most immediate answer to reducing the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, NZ Forest Owners’ Association chief executive officer David Rhodes said in Whangarei. Sources: The New Zealand Herald,
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Abolishing 457 visa program

Businesses fear abolishing the 457 visa program will make it harder to bring in some types of workers they say are as “rare as hen’s teeth” in WA.  Source: The West While unions complained the changes did not go far enough, the business community was apprehensive about axing a program
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Tas sawmillers also oppose forestry bill

The Tasmanian Sawmillers Association has added its name to a list of those opposed to the State Government’s plans to open 356,000 hectares of wilderness to logging. Source: The Mercury Association director Robert Torenius briefed the Legislative Council before MLCs were due to begin
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Gas crisis hits forestry

Gas contract swaps must be facilitated and implemented urgently to prevent the national gas crisis from causing widespread collapses across manufacturing. Source: Timberbiz Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) CEO Mr Ross Hampton called on the Federal government to fully expl
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SA survey to highlight road transport issues

Primary producers across South Australia are encouraged to take part in a survey to highlight road transport issues as part of the second stage of the 90-day [email protected] Transport Project. Source: Port Lincoln Times The project is a collaboration between Primary Producers SA, Primary In
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No longer a paper tiger

The decision by Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Craig Laundy to accept the Anti-Dumping Commission’s findings that companies in China, Indonesia, Brazil and Thailand exported dumped A4 copy paper into Australia is big win for fair trade and an important step to
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Shake Rattle & Roll for timber building

Dr Minghao Li, of the University of Canterbury, has built a replica of a four-storey building out of cheap materials and shaken it to see what happens. Source: Stuff NZ University of Canterbury structural timber engineer Dr Minghao Li wants to find cheaper ways to build earthquake-res
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