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NSW state funding of $20m for softwood roadworks

A $20.35 million road funding grant applied for by the Softwoods Working Group (SWG) under the NSW Government’s Growing Local Economies Program has been successful. SWG Chair Peter Crowe said the grant was tremendous news for the regional economy. Source: Timberbiz The $20.35 million
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Sobering reminder of Xmas work celebrations

An alarming trend which highlights the dangers for employers that can occur at this time of the year is the annual work Christmas function. In a case that was brought before the relevant federal industrial tribunal it was held that the dismissal of an employee for drunken behaviour at
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NSW closes all northern state forests due to bushfires

All State forests from Sydney to the Queensland border, and in the Northern Tablelands, Central West and Moss Vale are now closed to the public until further notice due to the ongoing fire risk. This latest closure notice includes all State forests across the Central West, Central Coa
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OFO partners with LifeChanger to help teen mental health

OneFortyOne (OFO), in partnership with The LifeChanger Foundation will boost the mental health of teenagers living in Mount Gambier. The LifeChanger Foundation identifies and develops inspiring mentors within communities and delivers holistic self-development workshops for teens, crea
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AKD in the pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

To honour family, friends and colleagues this Breast Cancer Awareness month, AKD Softwoods has turned pink this October to raise money and awareness. Source: Timberbiz AKD has partnered with the McGrath Foundation this Breast Cancer Awareness month by jumping on board its Pink Up Your
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Feedback needed for NSW draft bill on design & building

Fair Trading NSW is seeking feedback on a draft of the proposed Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019 and has released a draft of the Bill which delivers on reforms committed by the NSW Government in response to the Building Confidence Report written by Professor Peter Shergold
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Nominations sought to join industry reference group on training

The Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) is seeking nominations to join an industry reference group to help guide the development of a Contractor Training and Certification Scheme; ForestFit. Source: Timberbiz The scheme’s purpose is to design and develop nationally accred
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HPV Chairman’s Safety Award to Mountain Logging

Gippsland Plantation Harvesting company Mountain Logging has won the 2019 HVP Plantations Chairman’s Safety Award. Mountain Logging provides harvest services in the Gippsland Region, and received the honour in recognition of its outstanding contributions to safety management on steep
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Flame retardant treatment changes noted in UK

Flame-retardant treatments for timber products has undergone a major revision following changes to Building Regulations resulting from the Hackitt Review in the UK now TRADA (The Timber Research and Development Association UK) has released information to detail the changes. Source: Ti
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Forestry staff fit for purpose after grueling tests

Local Forestry Corporation of NSW staff completed the first stage of their annual fire season preparations, passing gruelling fitness tests that simulate the strain placed on the body during firefighting. Many Forestry Corporation staff are trained as firefighters and must pass an ann
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