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Firehawk trials in Tasmania

A new camera-based fire detection system has been trialled in Tasmania for the first time by forest management company SFM.  The Firehawk system provides real time fire detection allowing for a rapid aerial-based response to potentially threatening bushfire ignitions and has been used
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NZ law to harvest windblown trees voted out by Labour

A law change that would enable the harvesting of windblown trees on New Zealand conservation land following adverse weather events was voted down by Labour. Source: Timberbiz “This legislation would allow the Director-General of Conservation to authorise the removal of specified windb
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Truckies urged to do safety checklist ahead of national roadworthy survey

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is urging heavy vehicle operators to use their Daily Safety Checklist, ahead of the second major health check of Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet. Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormac
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Olney State Forest cleaned of 8 tonnes of illegal rubbish

The recent Clean Up Australia Day saw a fleet of 4WDs converge in the popular Olney State Forests to remove a staggering eight tonnes of illegally dumped rubbish. The event was organised by the Hunter Region 4WD Council, with volunteers from six of the 4WD clubs affiliated with the pe
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Protestor endangers infant’s life to attach herself to a logging machine

A protestor who put an infant’s life in danger for the sake of a media stunt at a logging site in East Gippsland has been roundly criticised by the timber industry and the Victorian Government. Source: Timberbiz Reports from the site said the protestor – believed to a member of the Go
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Forico’s 2.3m tonne carbon capture a reminder of the advantages of wood

Tasmania’s largest private forest manager, Forico, has released its annual carbon capture statistics, boasting an absorption of 2.3 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent for the past financial year. Source: Timberbiz This equates to the CO2 emissions from half a million cars driven on our
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Myrtle rust research shared at symposium

Leading experts have come together to share their research as part of a national action plan to combat the highly invasive fungal disease myrtle rust. Acting Chief Environmental Biosecurity Officer Elyse Herrald-Woods said the symposium offered the opportunity for experts across gover
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The past 12 months have proved that good communication is vital. Staying in touch has never been more important. The timber industry has proved its resilience in the face of fires, floods, export issues and a pandemic. The processing industry has responded with energy, and the announc
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Flood damage to NSW state forests

State forests in the Coffs Coast region and the Mid-north coast State forests from the Taree to Macksville are now closed due to damage from flooding and safety risks. The only exemption is Sealy Lookout in Orara East State Forest. Source: Timberbiz These areas are to be avoided until
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FWCA says its a failure of Tas workplace bill and of WorkSafe

Forest & Wood Communities Australia is disappointed by the failure of a bill, which would have imposed tougher penalties on illegal workplace invasions, to get through the Tasmanian Legislative Council last week. The Workplaces (Protection from Protestors) Amendment Bill would hav
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