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Where to now for the new home building cycle?

New home commencements have peaked, but will remain at a very high level in 2015/16 according to new analysis from the Housing Industry Association (HIA).  Source: Timberbiz “It is likely that new dwelling commencements peaked at a record level of 215,000 in the financial year just pa
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VicForests cleared of logging Bendoc

The Victorian Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning will change logging regulations after clearing VicForests of illegal logging in East Gippsland. Source: ABC News The state-owned VicForests has been cleared of logging cool temperate mixed rainforest in the Bendoc State
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Industry needs holistic supply chain strategy

Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins VAFI recently hosted an industry tour for Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins, Member for Western Metropolitan and Upper House Cross-bencher. The objective of the day was to showcase the forest and wood products industry in Victoria, and meet members of the communities
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Land supply shortages are shutting out home buyers

The HIA-CoreLogic RP Data Residential Land Report is provided each quarter by the Housing Industry Association, the voice of Australia’s residential building industry and CoreLogic RP Data, Australia’s leading property information analytics provider. The March 2015 quarter report show
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Eye to stopping accidents

NEW SAFETY glasses are designed to recognise when a truck driver is falling asleep. Source: TimberBiz The aim of the iDriveALERT glasses is to prevent accidents that arise from drivers falling asleep behind the wheel. Vibrations and fatigue alarms are activated when the drivers head n
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Funding grants for women in the agricultural sector

  In 2015 Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across all sectors. Source: TimberBiz From July 1 2015 the initiative is providing women in the agriculture sector with grants for leadership development. Mor
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Focus on increasing plantation productivity

INCREASING COMPETITION in the timberland investment market will lead investment managers to explore new business models and investment structures, according to New Forests founder and Chief Executive Officer David Brand. Source: TimberBiz He was speaking on the release of New Forests&
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GST rise on new homes will hurt affordability

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) warned attendees of this week’s leader’s retreat that lifting the GST on new housing will add tens of thousands of dollars to new home prices, crushing the dream of home ownership for many Australians. Source: TimberBiz “New housing is alre
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Auspine founder Adrian de Bruin has died in Mt Gambier

PROMINENT Mount Gambier businessman Adrian de Bruin has died while walking around the Blue Lake. Source: AdelaideNow Mr de Bruin, 70, who was one of the State’s wealthiest people, was recognised as a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to business and regional dev
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High tech wood chips

Biodegradable, wood-based computer chips can perform just as well as chips commonly used for wireless communication, according to new research. Source: Technology Review The inventors argue that the new chips could help address the global problem of rapidly accumulating electronic was
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