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Implementing Australia’s new National Biosecurity Strategy

The implementation plan to assist in delivery of Australia’s first National Biosecurity Strategy (NBS), a collaborative, national approach to protecting Australia from exotic pests and diseases backed by all government agriculture ministers, has been released. Source: Timberbiz First
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Preventing fires and explosions in biomass operations

In December 2023, more than 70 participants met in Tokyo for a full-day workshop Safer Biomass Handling and Silo Operations: Preventing Fires and Explosions. Participants included operators, engineers and maintenance personnel from electric power stations, trade association representa
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Kilsyth timber processor fined by EPA

A Kilsyth-based timber processor in Victoria has been fined $20,000 without conviction after an inspection by EPA Victoria found thousands of cubic metres of illegally stored industrial waste on the site. Source: Star Mail Lilydale Planet Safe Timber Pty Ltd, trading as CCA Pine, ente
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Apprentice and trainee safety committee in SA for 2024

An Apprentice and Trainee Safety Committee has been set up by the South Australian Government with apprenticeship safety a key area of focus for 2024. Source: Timberbiz The Department for Education, in partnership with the Skills Commissioner spoke to more than 1700 employers to educa
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Misdirected research could make Australia more flammable

Recent research suggesting that hazard-reduction burning increases bushfire risk has come under fire from the NSW Rural Fire Service. Source: Timberbiz RFS community risk director Simon Heemstra has echoed comments from Forestry Australia that there is no panacea for reducing the impa
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Perth parks to lose hundreds of trees to borer

Perth’s Hyde Park could lose up to 20% of its trees due to an infestation of an exotic South East Asian beetle known as ployphgous shot-hole borer which tunnels into a tree and plants a fungus that blocks nutrients and water. Source: Timberbiz A single female borer can fly up to 400 m
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Wood machining survey to gain insight into training

Those with experience in the wood machining industry are encouraged to participate in a short survey to gather insights into how current qualifications and being used and how they might better meet learner and employer needs. Source: Timberbiz Nationally endorsed training in wood mach
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AKD focuses on healthy bodies and minds with TradeMutt

AKD has announced a partnership with TIACS (This is a Conversation Starter) during their annual Safe StartUp events held across the nation, as part of the AKD 2024 ‘Healthy Body + Healthy Mind = Healthy Me’ campaign. Source: Timberbiz AKD is honoured to be a member of the TIACS Allian
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Red Sea crisis jeopardizes trade in timber

The European Woodworking Industries and the Timber Trade has issued a statement regarding the Red Sea crisis escalation that jeopardizes trade with Asia and Africa. Source: Timberbiz The Red Sea route is a pivotal maritime route for global trade, including for the European woodworking
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Forestry Aust pours water on latest bushfire research

Forestry Australia has poured water on the latest bushfire research that suggested prescribed burning could make Australian forests more flammable. Source: Timberbiz “Scientific consensus amongst bushfire scientists confirms that prescribed burning is a key tool in managing bushfires,
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