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Karawatha forest education centre

Major works on Brisbane City Council’s new $7 million environmental education centre at Karawatha Forest will start next week. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Karawatha ward councillor Kim Marx and Thomas Creevey from the Karawatha Forest Protection Society turned the first sod at the Acacia
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Timber knowledge courses

The TMA in conjunction with Timber Training Creswick will be running the Timber Knowledge course on April 28-29, June 10-11 and October 6-7. Source: Timberbiz These courses are for anyone new to the industry or wanting to expand on the their timber knowledge. The courses are designed
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Aussie dollar impacts NZ sawmillers

Jobs will go and sawmills may be forced to close if the Australian dollar continues to lose value against the Kiwi dollar, the New Zealand Timber Industry Federation says. Sources: TVNZ, Timberbiz Australia represents 21% of the value of New Zealand timber exports and is a very import
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Tas govt to pay sawmiller to stay

A Launceston sawmiller will receive $1 million to stay in the timber sector rather than leave, in a record agreement struck under the Tasmanian Government’s rejigged Regional Sawmiller Structural Adjustment Grants Program. Source: Yahoo Barbers Sawmill on Dowling Street was to p
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Launch of Forest & Wood Products Support Group

  Next week is the 2015 launch of the Forest and Wood Products Support Group at State Parliament in Victoria. Source: Timberbiz The Forest and Wood Products Support Group is an initiative to build relationships and understanding between members of the Victorian Parliament and the
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Carter Holt Harvey sell off

New Zealand’s Graeme Hart is reported to be planning to sell a chunk of Carter Holt Harvey. Source: Stuff NZ It is too early to say whether his plans to partially float his building firm Carter Holt Harvey could be a flier, according to a fund manager. Hart plans to sell up to 60% of
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SA in housing recession

Residential building approval data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics highlights the dire state of South Australia’s new housing activity.  Source: Timberbiz “While the rest of Australia is experiencing a new home building boom, South Australia is in a new housing recessi
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Forestry Corp in wood chop

One hundred flooded gum logs from Coffs Coast State Forests have made their way to Sydney’s Royal Easter Show for the popular wood chop event, thanks to a partnership between Forestry Corporation of NSW and the NSW Axemen’s Association. Source: The Coffs Coast Advocate Nor
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Study shows record carbon sequestered

Plants are growing more quickly than people can cut them down, with fields and forests on the advance across the planet. Source: The Australian An Australian-led analysis of satellite data has found the amount of carbon sequestered in plants has risen by almost four billion tonnes sin
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Waimea in voluntary administration

  Log transport company Waimea Contract Carriers, has been placed in voluntary administration owing NZ$14 million, with the possibility of closure not ruled out. Source: The Nelson Mail The firm has 120 staff – 90 in Nelson and 30 in Blenheim – and is one of the south
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