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There’s good, solid reading in the latest edition of Australian Forests & Timber News. The soon-to-be-printed edition features a Round Table discussion on Australia’s bio future; there’s a common sense plea for those in power to get the RET decision right; and we
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B-Doubles haul downed timber in Byfield

As many as 30 B-Double haulage trucks will be carting timber throughout Byfield for the next 18 months, starting this month. Source: Big Rigs Livingstone Shire Council advised there will be an increased frequency of heavy haulage vehicles carting timber from the Byfield forest plantat
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Forest owners want National Enviro Standard

Forest owners say they are thrilled that a National Environmental Standard (NES) for Plantation Forestry is within sight in New Zealand. Source: Scoop Independent News, Timberbiz Environment minister Nick Smith and associate primary industries minister Jo Goodhew announced that the pr
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Bioenergy conference call for abstracts

Bioenergy Australia 2015 conference to be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston, Tasmania is calling for abstracts. Source: Timberbiz The conference will be held over 2-days from December 1-2, with a technical day on the third day. The program will cover policies and progra
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Wind and wood delays RET

The proposed inclusion of native wood waste in the cut-down renewable energy target is creating problems for both the Coalition and Labor, with last-minute deals being discussed to avoid a compromise agreement with Senate cross benchers that could be disastrous for the wind industry. 
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Ministerial advisor wants to dismantle Forestry Tas

Forestry Tasmania should be dismantled and all its assets sold off, according to Sue Smith, the deputy chair of the ministerial advisory council. Source: ABC News Forestry Tasmania, which manages the state’s forests, is considering selling its hardwood plantations to pay back bo
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WA annual audit next week

Western Australia’s Forest Products Commission will undergo its annual scheduled audit next week and environmentalists are hoping this will result in it losing the certification. Source: ABC News The audit is being conducted by Soil Association Woodmark, which itself will be audited a
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A plan to save SA forestry jobs

At a time when jobs in South Australia are bleeding profusely, a dynamic group of regional community leaders has put together a plan that will save 100 jobs and a sawmill, which injects $9.4 million into the State’s economy. Source: The Northern Argus The Northern Forests Community In
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Final monies allocated in SA forestry program

The South Australian Government has allocated the final round of funding under the South-East Forestry Partnership Program. Source: ABC News, 891 ABC Radio Money from the $27 million fund has been granted in three phases. The latest recipients will share in $7.1 million to encourage i
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Australia losing sight of renewable energy benefits

Australia did not reap the benefits of the record-breaking renewables year in 2014, with investment and jobs in the renewables industry slashed due to ongoing reviews of the Renewable Energy Target, which the Australian Government has said it will cut. Source: Timberbiz Investment in
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