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Training for first responders on hold due to litigation at Forestec

Victoria’s emergency services personnel are unable to complete vital first responder training after activists placed an injunction of TAFE Gippsland’s Forestec Rowboat training coupe. In state parliament this week The Nationals’ Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath demanded
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Friday analysis: Litigation won’t help put out fires

  There is possibly only one thing more dangerous than a bushfire breaking out and there being no fire brigade around to fight it. And that is probably an ill-equipped, poorly trained fire brigade being sent in to battle the blaze. Which begs the question as to why “third party l
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CFMEU backs new laws protecting forestry workers

CFMEU, the union representing timber and forestry workers, supports new laws introduced by the Victorian Government to protect them from dangerous and ill-targeted workplace invasions. Source: Timberbiz The union has been campaigning for stronger deterrents to dangerous protest activi
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Hyne mill saw doctor finally receives his award

Tumbarumba apprentice Steven Arnold has won an award for being a doctor, but a doctor of a very different type. Source: Tumbarumba Times The Hyne Timber Tumbarumba Mill worker received the Saw Doctor Apprentice of the Year award from Tumut TAFE when he attained his certificate in Saw
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Forestry Australia refutes claims native forestry harms climate

The peak national organisation representing forest scientists and professionals has refuted claims that native forest harvesting in Tasmania has impacted negatively on the climate*. Source: Timberbiz Forestry Australia President Bob Gordon said on the contrary, the carbon sequestering
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Forestry NSW responds to fines acknowledging errors

Forestry Corporation NSW has responded to fines totalling  $285,600 after the Land and Environment Court found tree felling in exclusion zones had done “actual harm” to koala habitat in Wild Cattle Creek Forest near Coffs Harbour. Source: Timberbiz The Land and Environment Court hande
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Forestry Corp fined for harm to koala habitat

Fines and costs totalling $285,600 have been levelled against Forestry Corporation NSW after the Land and Environment Court found tree felling in exclusion zones had done “actual harm” to koala habitat in Wild Cattle Creek Forest near Coffs Harbour. Source: Timberbiz The Land and Envi
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OPINION – Justin Law: The new battleground

  Last week, The Age reported on new laws introduced by the Victorian Government which would see tougher penalties for illegal workplace invaders. It was no surprise that the journalist, at a publication which is notorious for its hard line against sustainable forestry, would mak
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Disability is no barrier to working in construction

Construction appears unreachable to someone in a wheelchair since it entails scaling ladders and working in restricted places. However, this is not always the case. Source: Timberbiz In 2018, approximately 1,130,200 persons worked in the construction business, with just 91,600 disable
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Victoria and Tasmania assert the rights of workers to a safe workplace

The Australian Forest Contractors Association has welcomed the Victorian Government’s initial steps this week to strengthen workplace laws protecting Victorian forestry workers from workplace trespass. Source: Timberbiz The Sustainable Forests Timber Amendment (Timber Harvesting Safet
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