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Battery power from wood

A mattress made of tree pulp could one day charge your mobile phone, according to cutting-edge research from KTH, the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology. Source: The ABC The researchers published a scientific paper in the latest issue of Nature Communications describing the process
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Native vegetation clearing regs review

The Victorian Government is reviewing the native vegetation permitted clearing regulations to ensure they sensibly protect sensitive native vegetation. Source: Timberbiz, Victorian Association of Forest Industries A stakeholder reference group has been established to gather the views
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Beating the drum for possums again

Plans to expand native forest logging areas have concerned those attempting to protect the state’s faunal emblem, the Leadbeater’s possum. Source: Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen The critically endangered possum is found in mountain ash, shining gum and alpine ash forests in sub-alpine
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Biomass are we missing out?

Australia is missing out on a major export industry, and a source of clean energy. Source: The Daily Advertiser In the US and particularly in Canada, timber waste, including sawdust, harvest residues, timber that is not millable, and salvage logs from areas hit by disease or fire is t
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Giant arboretum in New South Wales

The volunteer botanists in central west New South Wales who dream of opening an arboretum of giant trees have a very long term vision and won’t really see the fruits of their labour in their lifetimes. Source: ABC Central West NSW For nearly a decade they have been working to es
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Sandalwood industry in WA to be overhauled

Western Australia dominates the world supply of fragrant Sandalwood, but now it faces its biggest challenger yet … itself. Source: WA Today Plantation sandalwood will soon be mature enough to harvest and begin to compete against wild sandalwood. And the state government is now c
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New Forests purchases forest in NZ

Sydney-based investment manager New Forests has announced the purchase of a 4000 hectare forestry in the Hautu-Rangipo region near Turangi in the central North Island of New Zealand. Source: Voxy NZ The right was acquired as part of a back-to-back deal with Hautu-Rangipo Whenau Limite
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Time running out for West Coast timber removal

A year after an urgent bill allowed native timber recovery on the West Coast, a fraction of the available timber has been removed and time is already running out. Source: Stuff NZ In a patch of native forest near Lake Brunner, a high-pitched drone leads to two men milling native timbe
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PrefabAUS Insiders Series

PrefabAUS is holding a series of networking events in July called the Insiders series to give members a chance to network and keep informed on developments in the prefabrication/off-site sector. Source: Timberbiz The events will be held in Melbourne at the ISIS Group Office on Wednesd
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AFTA NZ takes shape

Australian Timber Flooring Association (ATFA) in New Zealand is a reality and the organisation will be known as ATFA NZ with a committee now in place setting the agenda for the remainder of the year. Sources: Timberbiz, Architecture & Design The ATFA NZ board is also adapting ATFA
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