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ABARES results show improvement for forestry

Plantation investment and wood product consumption might be weak but Australia’s forestry sector showed signs of improvement in 2013–14, according to a report released by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). Source: The Land ABARES
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Kauri exports illegal

Forest and Bird, and the Northland Environmental Protection Society have complained that the Ministry for Primary Industries is allowing timber exports that are illegal under the Forests Act. Source: Radio New Zealand Four weeks ago the conservation groups asked for an investigation i
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TFS buys US pharma companies

The global demand for skincare products has prompted an Indian sandalwood oil producer in Western Australia’s remote Kimberley region to purchase two American pharmaceutical companies. Source: ABC Rural Sandalwood oil is typically used as an ingredient in perfume, but it is incr
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CSIRO signs agreement for forest mapping

The European Space Agency launched its latest satellite, Sentinel-2, which will collect data on the world’s crops to help predict food shortages. Source: ABC Rural At the Paris Air Show, Australia’s lead scientific body, the CSIRO, signed an agreement with the European Spa
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TFGA supports Forestry Tasmania

The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association today made it clear it supports the State Government’s policy to revitalise the forest industry, including the retention of Forestry Tasmania. Source: Timberbiz The TFGA is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Forestry. The Cou
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Hyne Design 7 users to install latest version

Robert Mansell, Design Solutions Manager for Hyne Timber, is urging all users of Hyne Design 7 software to install version 7.4 in order to continue using this free program after the end of June 2015. Source: Timberbiz “Our Hyne Design software has been developed and is owned by Hyne T
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Certification bodies workshop

AFS LTD is planning a workshop for certification bodies operating in the AFCS/PEFC Forest management and Chain of custody fields. It will be held in Sydney in late July. Source: Timberbiz The session will cover a number of important topics including: Update on and transition to recent
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Australian Timber Design Award entries to close

With entries closing on Friday 26 June, it is time to get your project registered for the Australian Timber Design Awards for 2015. Source: Timberbiz Entry is open to architects, landscape architects, building and interior designers and engineers with an array of categories available
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AFPA welcomes RET

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) welcomes the reinstatement of native forest wood waste in the Renewable Energy Target (RET). Source: Timberbiz According to the AFPA it is a common sense policy, one that was a Coalition election commitment, was supported by cross-benc
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Positive signs for Australian forest industries

Australia’s forest industries continue to rebuild and strengthen according to the latest ABARES report Australian forest and wood products statistics: September and December quarters 2014. Source: Timberbiz Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbe
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