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Blindsided by Victorian Bill that would result in huge fines for contractors

A Bill which opponents claim would result in Victorian native forest logging contractors facing huge fines for failing to comply with a Code of Practice for Timber Harvesting that is still under review has been passed in the Upper House and sent to the committee stage. The Victorian t
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A win for Eden timber hub after legal challenge

Work on a $14.5m timber hub at the Eden chipmill will go ahead after the DA was resubmitted to council. It follows a legal challenge by South East Forest Rescue that successfully found the DA had not been lawfully determined. Source: Eden Magnet As a result, full council had to recons
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Rising lumber prices brings US and Canada trade dispute to a head

Between April 2020 and June 2021, the cost of lumber in the US increased a breathtaking 288%. The surge in lumber prices brought a long simmering trade dispute between the US and Canada to the forefront. Source: Timberbiz For years, the US imposed a levy on Canadian lumber because of
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Germany’s tallest wooden building takes root

Germany’s tallest wooden skyscraper broke ground in Hamburg. The building is called ‘Roots’ and the impressive wooden structure stands at 65 metres with 19 floors. Sources: The Mayor EU, Timberbiz The Mayor of Hamburg, Peter Tschentscher, attended the ceremony in Hafen City and symbol
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World sawnwood analysis

IndexBox has published a report: ‘World – Sawnwood – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights’. This is a summary of the report’s key findings. Source: IndexBox, Global Trade American lumber prices have decreased threefold, closing in on pre-COVID levels, which should driv
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Trees that Count on the cards to get more trees in the ground

The team at Trees That Count in New Zealand has found a way to get native trees in the ground during lockdown with a new card game that hones New Zealanders’ knowledge of conservation and te reo Māori at the same time. Source: Timberbiz “This lockdown a lot of parents have been search
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Safe and Skilled provides even more safety in the workplace

The key forest industry safety training program, Safe and Skilled, has been enhanced to deliver even more safety awareness for employees across workplaces. The changes come after the Australian Forest Products Association Growers Chamber ratified a suite of program improvements design
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Winter planting season draws to a close

  As another winter forestry planting season draws to a close, it’s worth considering the great work our forestry planters do getting seedlings in the ground that will grow to become the Aussie houses of tomorrow. Source: Timberbiz Tens of millions of new trees have been planted
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Key funding for forestry haulage analysis system

The Australian Forest Contractors Association’s Forestry Haulage Gap Analysis System will receive key funding through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government. Source: Timberbiz The Forestry Haulage Gap Analysis System
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Manjimup rallies against WA end to native forestry

More than 300 people gathered in Manjimup on Monday to rally against the WA State Government’s decision to end native forestry in that State. Last week’s announcement was made without industry consultation leaving businesses, employees and regional communities in a state of shock, con
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