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Tasmanian Forest Safety Code Review – Consultation Workshops

The Consultation Draft of the revised Forest Safety Code (Tasmania) will be reviewed by the project steering committee next week before the next consultation phase. As part of the next phase of consultation 3 industry workshops are planned. Source: Timberbiz The Industry Workshops for
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Opportunities & strategies for bushfire plantation protection – final document released

A final document has been prepared by John O’Donnell, titled “Potential opportunities and strategies for improved bushfire pine and hardwood plantation protection and management across Australia“, September 2020, following comments received on the document after an e
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Auditor-General casts doubts on Safer Together bushfire policy

The Auditor-General has cast doubts on the Victorian Government’s ‘Safer Together’ bushfire policy, citing insufficient information to judge its effectiveness, while the amount of prescribed burns is well below target. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz The Auditor-Generals’ ‘Reduci
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Hazard reductions burns in Wedding Bells forest

  Forestry Corporation of NSW will be carrying out hazard reduction burning in parts of Wedding Bells State Forest from today until Wednesday. The burn will be carried out to minimise impact on nearby residents, but forest neighbours should take steps to limit their exposure to s
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IFA slams decision to cut university funding for environmental studies

The Institute of Foresters (IFA/AFG), the professional association representing some 1000 forest scientists, researchers and professional forest managers, has said that the almost one third cut to university funding of environmental studies courses is short sighted. Source: Timberbiz
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NZ health, safety and wellbeing program extended

New Zealand forestry health, safety and wellbeing pilot, Toroawhi, has been given a six-month extension following COVID-19 restrictions. The joint pilot between WorkSafe and the Forest Industry Safety Council saw the appointment of two “roving reps” in the forestry sector to help incr
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FireHawk is watching

An eager eyed robotic camera with the ability to undertake a 360-degree scan of the landscape is anticipated to enhance fire management across the Green Triangle this summer. Source: Timberbiz A sophisticated FireHawk camera has been installed on the Bluff communication tower at Tanta
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Victoria has not reached even half of bushfire fuel reduction target

The Victorian Auditor General’s long-awaited report into Reducing Bushfire Risk released this week, reveals the Andrews Labor Government has over the past four years not even reached half (43%) of its arguably already low fuel reduction burn target. Source: Timberbiz Gippsland East Na
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Logging tops list of America’s most dangerous jobs

AdvisorSmith studied the most dangerous jobs in the United States based on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. Studying professions with a minimum employment of 50,000 workers to find the 25 most dangerous jobs among 263 total professions
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Updated forest practices code and training guide

The Forest Practices Authority (FPA)has officially released its updated forest practices code and a training guide for forestry contractors. The FPA-hosted launch event was attended by Resources Minister Guy Barnett, who described wood like the “ultimate renewable” resourc
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