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Boral Timber workers unlimited paid leave to help fight fires

Boral Timber, along with all Boral divisions, has offered unlimited paid leave to its employees who are responding to the bushfire crisis. The company has people in many communities affected by the disaster, the company has also supplied equipment to the firefighting efforts. Source:
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Victorian logging road receives funding for upgrade

The Victorian Labor Government is boosting safety at a notorious narrow road in Victoria’s south-west with a major upgrade on Dunkeld-Cavendish Road, this is a major link between the Glenelg and Henty highways which sees the transportation of timber. Source: Timberbiz Acting Minister
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Bushfires update – cooler, wetter weather on the horizon

Firefighters in Eastern Australia are capitalising on calmer weather conditions forecast for the rest of this week with authorities still unable to accurately assess the damage to harvestable timber stocks. Source: Timberbiz In Victoria, where fires have burned an estimated 1.2 millio
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Eden mill closed with job losses and environmentalists celebrate

The largest employer in the NSW coastal town of Eden will remain closed for the foreseeable future after bushfire embers set the town’s woodchip mill and sawmill alight. Firefighters managed to contain the bushfires threatening the town last Saturday night, but a 100,000 tonne w
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NZ battles its own blaze but sends more fire fighters to Australia

In New Zealand 55 Fire and Emergency firefighters plus support staff and Pan Pac and Forest Management New Zealand fire staff are into their ninth day of fighting a blaze at Hawke’s Bay. Despite their own problems the country has sent a further 21 NZ fire fighters to Australia to help
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Better management needed by government to reduce bushfire risk

Pressure is mounting on State governments to better manage national parks through hazard reduction burning and selective logging, to avoid a repeat of the bushfire crisis sweeping the nation. Fires yesterday in extreme conditions continued to threaten areas in south eastern  NSW, east
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Hyne’s Tumbarumba mill wedged between two walls of fire

Hyne’s Tumbarumba Mill employs approximately 200 people who are currently managing their personal response to the emergency as a priority. The mill has been shut since New Year’s Eve. The town had been trapped between two bushfires coming together from Victoria and New South Wales, ma
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Federal and State governments commit to bushfire relief

Money and resources – both Federal and State – will soon begin pouring into the worst of the fire-ravaged areas of Victoria and New South Wales. Federally, the Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a $2bn bushfire recovery fund with rebuilding communities the top pri
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Kangaroo Island to begin salvage of burnt timber

On Kangaroo Island where a third of the island was burnt, harvesting of plantation timber will begin early after almost 1900ha, or about 17% of the region’s biggest timber company’s holdings were affected by the fires. It was reported that lighting had set off a secondary fire in the
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Australia is under fire

There are fears two massive bushfires burning on the NSW-Victorian border could join in coming days, creating one massive fire front. CFA state response controller Gavin Freeman said there was a “real potential” the fires burning along the state border could combine. The Corryong fire
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