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CSIRO to work on new national disaster research centre

CSIRO has welcomed the establishment of a new national disaster research centre that will focus on natural hazards and disaster risk reduction. CSIRO will work with the current Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC), the Australasian Fire and Emergency Servi
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Gippsland pushes for more trials of indigenous land management

Gippsland Nationals MPs are calling on the Andrews Labor Government to put more effort into trials of indigenous land management, particularly cool burning, ahead of the coming fire season. Source: Timberbiz The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien and Member for Easter
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Margules Groome to profile forestry contractors for ForestFit

Understanding the opportunities to roll out the ForestFit Training and Certification Scheme nationally is an important step in the development of the scheme and its long-term success.  Source: Timberbiz AFCA has engaged Margules Groome to complete a national economic profile of forest
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Fire training for traditional burning in State forests

Representatives from the Bunya, Coffs and Biripi Local Aboriginal Land Councils completed basic fire training with Forestry Corporation of NSW in Wauchope this week, paving the way for increased traditional burning in State forests. Source: Timberbiz Forestry Corporation’s Abori
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Opinion: Bob Gordon – will Inquiry-243 change the way we manage bushfire risk?

Just like the 242 related Inquiries and Reviews conducted in Australia before it, the current Royal Commission looking into natural disasters in Australia risks being held back by political expediency, community apathy, short memories and populist decision making. Given the extent of
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Log truck blockade on Bunnings to reverse ban on local timber

Four log trucks this morning blocked the entrance to the Bunnings store at Traralgon in defence of forestry jobs. A Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU) statement this morning said the trucks were blocking the entrance to the Bunnings’ car park in protest of
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Kangaroo Island bushfire report recognises great losses for timber industry

Local knowledge, use of forestry experts, and better understanding of fire behaviour in plantations is critical for future fire management on Kangaroo Island. Incident Management Teams (IMTs) and fire ground leaders need access to people with local knowledge, including suitably traine
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VicForests lost 119 days’ production due to illegal protests

VicForests, which aims to harvest 59 new coupes this year, has suffered more than 50 illegal protests at 31 coupes in the past eight months, resulting in 119 production days lost. In West Gippsland, 10 coupes have been hit by protest action, resulting in 87 days’ lost work. Source: Ph
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Annual pre fire season tests already underway in NSW

Local Forestry Corporation of NSW staff have completed the first stage of their annual fire season preparations, passing tests set to determine if they have the fitness needed for firefighting conditions. Source: Timberbiz Many Forestry Corporation staff are trained as firefighters an
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Opinion: Vic Jurskis on a Burning Conversation

A few years ago, a comment of mine was apparently censored by one of many academics whose opinions are freely promoted in The (one-sided) Conversation. So, I no longer bother trying to engage in that medium. But a colleague sent me a link last week which was a red rag that trapped thi
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