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Defence Forces Operation Bushfire Assist completed

Australia’s Defence Forces formally ceased Operation Bushfire Assist 2019-2020 yesterday having completed the emergency and recovery tasks requested by state and local authorities. Source: Timberbiz Defence has been assisting with the bushfire efforts since early September 2019 by pro
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Forest Industry Awards deferred

The 2020 Forest Industry Awards and Gala Dinner has been deferred due to the national COVID-19 crisis. The awards and dinner were scheduled to be held in June at Parliament House in Canberra, but AFPA CEO Ross Hampton said with the restrictions on social gatherings and movements for a
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Opinion: Does timber harvesting make forests more flammable?

Some ecologists and conservationists, opposed to timber harvesting, are trying to use bushfire disasters as a lever to stop native forest harvesting, but their case is based on opinion, beliefs and selective science. Sources: Hon Assoc Prof Kevin Tolhurst AM, Fire Ecology and Manageme
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Analysis: In a world shut down by COVID-19 is timber an essential industry?

If a week is a long time in politics, then 24 hours is an even longer time in a world effectively shut down by COVID-19. There is the occasional trickle of good news, but that is rare. This current crisis comes on the heels of the devastating bushfires during December and January and
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Resolute will continue to operate in all areas in US and Canada

Resolute Forest Products provided an update on the impact of the COVID-19 situation to its business. The company expects to continue to operate in all of its business segments – pulp, tissue, wood products and paper – in Canada and the United States. But the company expects to take ce
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Families First Act to help US employees

Last week US President Trump signed the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” into law. The provisions of the bill will go into effect on 2 April 2020. This legislation is designed to protect families and workers hit by the spreading coronavirus. Included in the package were sever
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MBA & CFMEU join to support construction during COVID-19

Building sites have been deemed essential activities by the Federal Government and spared from the tight restrictions placed on restaurants, pubs, clubs, cinemas and other non-essential businesses. Source: Timberbiz However, while business continues as usual, some in the industry are
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Australian mills continue to operate while NZ mills shutdown

Australia’s timber mills are continuing to operate during the COVID-19 lockdown as normal and will do so until ordered otherwise. Building sites have been already been deemed essential activities by the Federal Government, spared from the tight restrictions placed on restaurants, pubs
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Government urged to recognise forest product industries as essential

State and federal governments have been urged to recognise the essential services provided by Australia’s forest product industries, as they consider further restrictions to contain CoVid-19. Source: Timberbiz The Australian Forest Products Association CEO Ross Hampton said Australian
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Daily Timber News is committed to communication in an era of COVID-19

A number of substantial challenges confront the timber industry in Australia and in New Zealand. Daily Timber News, and Timberbiz, have been challenged in covering the Victorian Native Timber decision, the State Environmental Planning Policy (Koala Habitat Protection) issue in New Sou
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