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Be prepared for a tough bushfire season ahead

It may be chilly at the moment but Australians are being urged to work with their community, neighbours and friends to prepare for another tough bushfire season. Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said all parts of Australia were vulnerable becaus
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Forestry, fishing and farming have highest work related injuries

New Zealand’s agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry had the highest rate of work related injury claims in 2018 according to Stats NZ. There were 190 claims per 1000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) in 2018 for the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry. Source: Timberb
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New criminal penalties for trespass and harassment

Tough new penalties could mean jail for those who incite property invasion and harassment with the passage of the Criminal Code Amendment (Agricultural Protection) Bill 2019 through the House. Source: Timberbiz Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Nationals, Michael McCormack, and
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NSW firefighters prepare for dry season ahead

Firefighters from Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Casino and the wider north coast were put through their paces this week; trained and tested at Forestry Corporation of NSW’s pre-season fire day held in Bom Bom State Forest. Source: Timberbiz Forestry Corporation is bolstering its firefightin
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Smart technology to work with NZ forestry

Dr Judy Bowen and Associate Professor Annika Hinze, computer scientists at the University of Waikato and Professor Rangi Matamua from the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies are devising a technological way to keep forestry workers safer on the job. They are developing methods tha
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Industry groups call for urgent Australia-wide action on building regulation

Building industry groups have signed a joint call for urgent Australia-wide action on building regulations. The letter, signed by the Property Council of Australia, the Insurance Council of Australia, Ai Group and the Australian Construction Industry Forum, says Australia’s fragmented
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FOLS consolidates operations to Melbourne

Following several years of operating from both Launceston and Melbourne, the FOLS Skills verification program will be consolidated into the Melbourne Office. Industry will be provided with a one-stop shop for FOLS, as well as ForestWorks’ other advisory services. Source: Timberbiz Aft
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Drone trials for forestry reduction burning

The Forestry Corporation of NSW has been trialling drones for aerial ignition to better understand how this emerging technology can support a safe and effective hazard reduction burning program. Recent trials in Benandarah State Forest, north of Batemans Bay, have shown drones can eff
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Free seminar on new National Construction Code – timber framed buildings

Low to mid-rise lightweight timber-framed building is one of the most economical ways to build and so there are many new products and solutions becoming available to assist this form of construction. This joint TDA and WoodSolutions seminar will address existing and new products, meth
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Vic Transport Association backs Bill for forestry owner/drivers

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) – representing the state’s freight, transport and logistics industry – has thrown its support behind a Bill introduced to the Victorian Parliament intended to make work safer and fairer for owner drivers and forestry contractors. Source: Timbe
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