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ForestrySA surveillance to stop deliberate fires

ForestrySA has stepped up surveillance of its Green Triangle Native Forest Reserves, following a spate of dangerous forest car fires and illegal rubbish dumping. Rubbish dumping is a longstanding local issue, with household waste and other material (including asbestos, chemicals and n
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Fire tower spotters stop spread of spot fires

Forestry Corporation of NSW’s network of fire towers in the Hunter and Mid North Coast proved instrumental in spotting and controlling several forest fires during the recent extreme high fire danger period, with crews dispatched to half a dozen fires spotted from the towers. Forest Pr
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NZ Prime Minister supports Tas Rapid Relief Team

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has shown her support for the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) who have been feeding hundreds of emergency services personnel and Defence staff battling forest fires in the New Zealand Nelson-Tasman region. Source: Timberbiz Local NZ RRT volunteers h
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Huon Valley fires update – extent of damage still to be assessed

The Ta Ann Mill at Southwood and its surrounding plantations were a high priority for firefighters following widespread fire in the Huon Valley last week. There was some superficial damage to buildings as an ember attack in the wake of the fire front damaged a skylight and entered the
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Tasmanian bushfires – an immense impact on forestry

The bushfires in Tasmania are having a big impact on the state’s private forestry industry, with tens of thousands of hectares burnt. Private Forests Tasmania (PFT) said that as of February 5, a total of 35,325 hectares of the private forest estate had been burnt in the fires. Source:
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Forestry firefighters control bushfire near Bellingen

A combination of cutting-edge technology, helicopter water bombing and in-field firefighting has contained a large bushfire in Scotchman State Forest near Bellingen over the Australia day weekend. Given the steep terrain, proximity to Bellingen and local weather conditions, Forestry C
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Help for business impacted by Tasmanian bushfires

Business Tasmania is a Tasmanian Government service which provides the business community with a range of support and assistance. In times of extreme weather events or other emergencies, Business Tasmania can help impacted businesses access necessary information and services. Source:
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Skills Standards Development Projects Update

Advances in Woodmachining and Sawdoctoring Project and the Sawmill Timber and Process Optimisation Project are currently in the development phase. These projects commenced with the establishment of Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) in late August 2018. Following feedback and consul
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A culture of safety at Stora Enso

What makes a safe mill? Safety gear, warning signs, safer machines? They all help but it’s people who create a strong safety culture. Stora Enso says this means finding root causes for accidents, sharing our learnings, and caring for one another. Source: Timberbiz “When there’s an acc
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Taking the fuel out of bushfire risk

Australia’s forest managers will have a better understanding of mechanical fuel load reduction as a tool to reduce bushfire risk thanks to the $1.5 million Mechanical Fuel Load Reduction Trials. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said bush
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