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Australia’s $22m to monitor forests

Mr Turnbull announced that Australia would participate in a system of satellite tracking stations to help monitor forest cover in the Asia-Pacific region. Sources: AAP, SBS News Environment Minister Turnbull has said that technology will help Australia targeting illegal logging in the
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Open door for Kiwi prefab housing

New Zealand’s first factory turning out finished houses has opened in Wellington, aiming to produce up to 500 places annually. Source: The Nortern Star Sean Murrie, Matrix Homes chief executive and director said Finance Minister Bill English opened the 8000 square metre Trentham
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Forestry death inquests in NZ

The family of a Rotorua man killed in a forestry accident found out about his death by text message, an inquest has been told. Source: Radio New Zealand Robert Epapara, 23, died after he was crushed by a tree in the Waione Forest, near Rotorua, in March 2013. His stepfather, Wiremu Ed
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Structural changes to TDA

The Timber Development Association (TDA) has welcomed a new staff member, Fred Moshiri, a structural engineer with a background in timber structural design in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Source: Timberbiz “TDA’s workload has grown rapidly recently as massive timbers
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New board member represents Queensland’s Cypress

Garrie James, managing director, Inglewood Cypress Sawmill, has been appointed to Timber Queensland Board of Directors to represent Queensland’s cypress sector. Source: Timberbiz Timber Queensland’s chair Sean Gribble said he welcomed the appointment and the broad expertise Garrie wou
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Designed for timber awards

The 2015 Australian Timber Design Awards will be open for entries on 9 February. The awards are a national competition to promote and encourage outstanding timber design in the built environment professions. Source: Timberbiz Now in their 16th year, the awards are distinguished by a h
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RBA cuts rates to boost economic activity

  The Reserve Bank Board voted to lower the Official Cash Rate for the first time since August 2013. Source: Timberbix “With Australia’s inflation pulse at its slowest in several years but domestic demand remaining weak, the RBA Board have cut rates to provide an opportunity for
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New home approvals remained strong in December

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) building approvals remained at an elevated, albeit slightly lower level in December 2014, after reaching their highest-ever monthly level during November. Source: Timberbiz Figures released this week by the Housing Industry Association show that t
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New GM for forest contractors

  The Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) has appointed a new general manager, Stacey Gardiner who will start with the organisation on 10 March 2015. Source: Timberbiz She will hit the ground running in a series of meetings with members across Australia. Ms Gardiner’
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Vale Richard Stanton

  The directors of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd (AFS) are deeply saddened by the unexpected death of CEO and National Secretary Richard Stanton. Sources: Timberbiz, The Canberra Times Mr Stanton died after falling from his pushbike last week in Canberra. He will be remembered
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