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Two SA projects to manage pests and weeds in rural areas

The Australian Government is providing $740,000 to South Australia (SA) for two projects to improve the management of priority pest species for SA farmers, land managers and the environment, through a Federation Funding Agreement with states and territories as part of the $30.3 millio
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VicForests acknowledges ABC apology – Vic drinking water was safe

VicForests has acknowledged an apology from the ABC regarding its inaccurate reporting of allegations raised by Professor David Lindenmayer. Source: Timberbiz In April this year, the ABC reported on work from the ANU’s Prof David Lindenmayer, stating his “research found there has been
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Opinion: Prof Tolhurst AM & Prof Jerry Vanclay – selective science in bushfire mitigation

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. A 2016 study of over 1 million hectares burnt by wildfire in the 200
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Earnslaw One and Pakiri Logging fined for worker’s death

A tragic forestry fatality on the East Coast of New Zealand could have been avoided if industry guidance had simply been being followed, says WorkSafe. Businesses are being reminded once again to make sure work is being done correctly, safely and to higher industry standards or risk s
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Victoria and Queensland to share firefighting air tanker

The Victorian and Queensland Governments have secured a deal to share a Large Air Tanker to support aerial firefighting capacity in both states during their respective bushfire seasons. Source: Timberbiz The Bombardier Dash-8 Q400AT aircraft will operate in Queensland from September t
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300 fire fighters to be employed for next bushfire season in Victoria

The Victorian Government is advertising up to 300 Project Firefighters and Forest and Fire Operations Officer positions ahead of the upcoming bushfire season.  Source: Timberbiz Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the positions with Forest Fir
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Machinery import turned back due to possible stink bug

A consignment of machinery that did not meet Australia’s strict biosecurity standards was refused entry, despite legal proceedings to appeal the decision. Deputy Secretary, Biosecurity and Compliance, Andrew Tongue said this demonstrated that Australia’s biosecurity laws are strictly
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$12m boost for regional and rural roads

The heavy vehicle industry has welcomed a $12.1 million Federal Government funding boost, aimed at delivering better assessment of road assets across rural and regional Australia as part of the Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP). Source: Timberbiz Assistant M
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One split second can change your life

One split second of inattention was all it took to change Rollo Craib’s life. After 15 years and 54 surgeries since his near-fatal motorbike accident, last week Rollo shared his journey with representatives of WA’s forestry industry. Source: Timberbiz While his accident was not relate
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Eco terrorism continues in East Gippsland with steel spikes

Steel spikes have been found driven into a road in an East Gippsland forest that is used by forest workers and the public, an act described as “eco-terrorism” by the State Opposition. In March, VicForests was notified about two steel spikes that had been driven into Playgrounds Road i
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