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Supersized firefighter

The Global SuperTanker – the largest, fastest, and most technologically advanced aerial firefighter in the world – has received interim approval from the US Interagency Airtanker Board (IAB) to fight fires in the United States. Source: Timberbiz The 17-month approval is si
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Firefighters wanted by NSW Forestry Corp

In the wake of one of the Hunter’s worst fire seasons on record, the call has gone out for seasonal firefighters to help bolster local firefighting ranks during the coming summer months. Source: Maitland Mercury NSW Forestry Corporation is advertising locally for firefighters in
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Celebrating the return of traditional burning

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio joined Aboriginal Elders from the Dja Dja Wurrung community to hold a ceremony celebrating the historic return of traditional burning to their lands. Source: Timberbiz This year two traditional burns — thought to be t
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Health and safety’s new audit tool

A new Work Health and Safety Audit Tool is now available nation-wide to support organisations demonstrate and report their compliance against various safety standards. Source: Timberbiz The tool, the brainchild of the Forest Owners and Service Suppliers (FOSS) committee, was developed
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AFCA receives funding to deliver safety initiative

The Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) has welcomed NHVR support for AFCA’s National Forestry Logistics Safety Program (NFLSP) to deliver safer roads as part of the next round of Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program. Source: Timberbiz The Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiati
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Tumu Timbers finalist for health & safety award

Tumu Timbers’ commitment to creating a healthy workplace has been recognised with the company named a finalist in this year’s New Zealand Workplace Health & Safety Awards. The business was one of three finalists in the “Best initiative to promote better worker he
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Forestry among the most dangerous places to work

Employees working in agriculture, forestry and fishing industries are making a living in the most dangerous workplaces in the country, new data shows. Source: The Canberra Times Analysis of data from Safe Work Australia by comparison site finder.com.au has revealed 52 agriculture, for
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Burn off in Beecher State Forest

A planned burn-off is due to take place in the Beecher State Forest area over the next few days. Source: Gladstone Observer The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is set to conduct the burn-off until Friday, according to a QPWS statement. The fire may be called off if weather condi
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Planet Ark reports on calm benefits of wood

A new report shows significant health and wellbeing benefits can be had by incorporating wood in interior design and the construction of buildings according to a new report by Planet Ark. Source: Timberbiz The use of wood, especially in conjunction with the principles of ‘nature conne
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Legislation to stop dumpers

Forest managers in South Australia’s south-east are hopeful new legislative powers to help the public dob in litterbugs may help combat the problem of illegal dumping in forests.  Source: ABC News This month, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) launched its Dob in a Lit
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