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Trespass laws passed but not for forestry on Crown Land

Tough new farm trespass laws to protect Australia’s farmers including wood processing facilities, from the unlawful actions of animal activists have passed both houses of Parliament. The Government amended the Bill to include wood processing however, forestry operations on Crown land
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Solid fuel fires banned in most NSW State forests

Campfires and barbecues using wood, charcoal or other solid fuels have been banned in all State forests on the north coast, northern tablelands central west tablelands, south coast and parts of western NSW from Sunday 1 September until further notice to reduce the risk of bushfires. S
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BNHCRC publishes pre-fire season outlook – it’s grim

Australians need to be prepared for above average fire risk this year, according to the 2019 Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook. The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC) has published its pre-fire season outlook, which takes into account the amount of fu
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Australia must have safe compliant buildings

The Australian public must be protected through safe, compliant buildings and that will only be achieved through buy-in by everyone involved in the building and construction industry and with everyone being accountable for their own work, a NSW upper house inquiry has been told. Sourc
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Be prepared for a tough bushfire season ahead

It may be chilly at the moment but Australians are being urged to work with their community, neighbours and friends to prepare for another tough bushfire season. Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said all parts of Australia were vulnerable becaus
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Forestry, fishing and farming have highest work related injuries

New Zealand’s agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry had the highest rate of work related injury claims in 2018 according to Stats NZ. There were 190 claims per 1000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) in 2018 for the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry. Source: Timberb
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New criminal penalties for trespass and harassment

Tough new penalties could mean jail for those who incite property invasion and harassment with the passage of the Criminal Code Amendment (Agricultural Protection) Bill 2019 through the House. Source: Timberbiz Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Nationals, Michael McCormack, and
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NSW firefighters prepare for dry season ahead

Firefighters from Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Casino and the wider north coast were put through their paces this week; trained and tested at Forestry Corporation of NSW’s pre-season fire day held in Bom Bom State Forest. Source: Timberbiz Forestry Corporation is bolstering its firefightin
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Smart technology to work with NZ forestry

Dr Judy Bowen and Associate Professor Annika Hinze, computer scientists at the University of Waikato and Professor Rangi Matamua from the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies are devising a technological way to keep forestry workers safer on the job. They are developing methods tha
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Industry groups call for urgent Australia-wide action on building regulation

Building industry groups have signed a joint call for urgent Australia-wide action on building regulations. The letter, signed by the Property Council of Australia, the Insurance Council of Australia, Ai Group and the Australian Construction Industry Forum, says Australia’s fragmented
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