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CHH postpones public offering, again

The Graeme Hart-controlled Carter Holt Harvey revived plans for an initial public offering of its New Zealand Carters Building Supplies distribution business in August, after scrapping its original plan to float its Australian and New Zealand timber products and building supplies busi
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NZ’s Chinese sawmill

China’s largest forestry company is looking at building a state-of-the-art sawmill in Taupo, which could create more than 250 jobs and pump millions into the region’s economy. Sources: Radio New Zealand, 3 News Taupo District mayor David Trewavas said Fenglin Wood Industry
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Tas rehiring redundant forestry workers

The Tasmanian Opposition has accused the Government of rehiring forestry workers who had been made redundant as firefighting casuals. Source: ABC News Earlier in the year, the state-owned Forestry Tasmania (FT) was restructured, which involved significant job cuts and fuelled fears of
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Tweed pushes for bioenergy projects

Tweed shire is getting behind a cutting-edge regional project to convert organic trade, household an industry waste into a renewable-energy source. Source: The Echo The Northern Rivers Biohub study also aims to encourage community and businesses to get involved by providing the biomas
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Tasmania needs specialty timbers

New analysis strengthens the argument that selective logging of speciality timber in Tasmania’s World Heritage Area is necessary to meet the demand from craft industries, including boat builders, the State Government said. Source: ABC News Forestry Tasmania has advised the Gover
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Tassie timber boosting confidence

A boost in confidence among northern Tasmanian businesses has been attributed to the plantation forestry and tourism industries. Sources: ABC News, The Clarence Valley Daily Examiner The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) released its quarterly Survey of Business Expect
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NZ forests change in a warm world

“Warm loving” trees like rimu could expand their range as the climate warms, forcing cooler-preferring plants out. New Zealand’s unique beech forest could be squeezed up and out by other natives like rimu as the world heats up, new studies suggest. Source: Stuff.co.n
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Australian Timber Design Award winners

The 2015 Australian Timber Design Awards were announced September 18 at an awards night in Melbourne. Source: Architecture & Design A total of 23 prizes were handed out to architects and designers who used timber as a major component of a project or application, including everythi
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China FTA too harsh on Australian pulp and paper

The political rhetoric on the China Free Trade Agreement is glossing over the threat to Australian manufacturing, including 15,000 jobs in Australia’s pulp, paper and fibre packaging industry. Source: The New Daily The FTA will see tariffs imposed on some Chinese manufactured products
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No ministry for forestry under Turnbull

The Australian forestry industry is expressing disappointment that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has not re-instated a full Minister for Forestry. Source: ABC Rural The industry took the recent Prime Ministerial change as an opportunity to ask for a minister dedicated to the industr
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