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Research paper says koalas are happy in harvested north coast forests

The NSW timber industry’s harvesting practices on the north coast have been vindicated in a research paper released yesterday. The Natural Resources Commissioner, Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, said koala density was higher than anticipated in the surveyed forests and was not reduced b
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IFA/AFG transforms into Forestry Australia

The Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers has changed its name to Forestry Australia. Forestry Australia CEO Jacquie Martin said the new name better represented the broad scope of forest and land management work undertaken by its members. Source: Timberbiz
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Worksafe Awards MechLog for excellence

Hot on the heels of its success at the recent Tasmanian Forest and Forest Product Network Awards and being a finalist in the WorkSafe Awards in 2018, MechLog has won another award at the 2021 WorkSafe Awards. Source: Timberbiz MechLog won the award for Excellence in Work Health and Sa
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AKD Pinking Up for McGrath Foundation

AKD is Pinking Up again in support of the McGrath Foundation to help raise awareness and support to help fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses who provide invaluable support and care for the women and men who are experiencing breast cancer. Source: Timberbiz It is estimated that 19,866 wome
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Changes to Fire Prevention at Forest Operations Procedures Tasmania

The Tasmanian Forest Industry Fire Management Committee has endorsed changes to the Fire Prevention at Forest Operations Procedures to minimise the incidence of wildfire resulting from forest and related operations and to ensure compliance with relevant regulations. Source: Timberbiz
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First responders training blocked by Vic Govt inaction despite bushfire season

The failure of the Andrews Government to fix legal loopholes in the Timber Code of Practice has blocked training for essential service workers, firefighters and first responders, placing communities at risk. A court injunction on two forestry training sites in East Gippsland has obstr
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Plantation insurance difficult to come by

Plantation trees are valuable and become more so over their lifetime, there are however, a number of challenges facing the plantation insurance market at the moment with the majority of underwriters advising they are no longer offering this type of insurance. Source: Timberbiz There i
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Opinion: Professors Tolhurst and Vanclay – Poor science is used to stop native forest harvesting

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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Safe and Skilled provides even more safety in the workplace

The key forest industry safety training program, Safe and Skilled, has been enhanced to deliver even more safety awareness for employees across workplaces. The changes come after the Australian Forest Products Association Growers Chamber ratified a suite of program improvements design
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Heavy Vehicle Initiative gains $5.5m for 28 projects

Almost $5.5 million in 28 road safety projects through the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative has been made available by the Federal Government to keep motorists safe. Under Round 6 of the HVSI, the Government is backing new education, research, training and technology initiatives that a
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