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Focus on year-round bushfire prevention, not last-minute water bombing

The Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers are calling for a greater focus on year-round bushfire prevention activities over the use of water bombing aircraft. In a submission to Queensland’s K’gari (Fraser Island) Bushfire Review IFA/AFG president Bob Gordo
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Adelaide sees its first major fire in 2021

A large fire was burning out of control in the Adelaide Hills south east of Adelaide this morning. The blaze started about 4pm Sunday afternoon at Cherry Gardens, near the Scott Creek Conservation Park. There were reports of multiple ignition points. Source: Timberbiz It was burning i
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Boards and execs are liable for manslaughter so OHS training is vital

A global risk management provider warns that delegating accountability for workplace safety will not be sufficient defence for board members and C-Suite executives under new industrial manslaughter laws across Australia. Source: Timberbiz Instead, company directors must be actively an
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Eden-Monaro bushfire recovery fund applications close soon

Community groups right across Eden-Monaro are working furiously towards the upcoming deadline for the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund. Source: Timberbiz Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Kristy McBain said the fund closed on 28 January 2021 and will provide $250 million of funding
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Improvements to Fires Near Me app

The NSW Rural Fire Service has made some critical improvements to the Fires Near Me app, adding a system where border residents will be alerted to any fires starting within 50km of the NSW-Victorian border and not just to fires with a point of origin in NSW. Source: Tumut and Adelong
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Passive House Training

The Australian Passive House Association will be providing Certified Passive House Training Courses starting in March. APHA’s program will accommodate designers and trades people Australia-wide, building capacity with a world class curriculum and platform. Source: Timberbiz The course
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Opinion – Andrew Walker: Logging forests aren’t a fire risk, but state forests are

Indigenous Tasmanians managed the forests right for 60,000 years, now our state forests are left to become tinderboxes under a struggling Parks and Wildlife department, wrote Andrew Walker in The Mercury newspaper. The time has come to have a mature debate about the future wellbeing o
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What contributed to fires on Kangaroo Island

On the first anniversary of the Ravine Bushfire which burned 150,000 ha and tragically took two lives on Kangaroo Island, Keith Lamb, Chair of South Australian Forest Products Association (SAFPA), and Managing Director of Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers (KIPT), has reflected on pol
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CFA’s purpose-built rehab vehicle for firefighters

South West Victorian firefighters will have more support when fighting fires, with CFA welcoming a new rehab vehicle for District 5. The purpose-built truck includes crucial equipment such as cooling chairs and health monitoring systems to help the rehab team provide much-needed assis
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Gippsland gets $10m upgrade to arterial roads

Three arterial roads in Gippsland significantly impacted by last summer’s bushfires will receive more than $10 million in Federal Government funding to improve safety and resilience of the transport corridors. Source: Timberbiz The Bonang Rd, Mallacoota-Genoa Rd and Great Alpine Rd wi
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