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Vic Transport Association backs Bill for forestry owner/drivers

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) – representing the state’s freight, transport and logistics industry – has thrown its support behind a Bill introduced to the Victorian Parliament intended to make work safer and fairer for owner drivers and forestry contractors. Source: Timbe
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Timber recovery begins after Tingha fires 

Forestry Corporation of NSW has recently started salvage-harvesting of its burnt pine plantations at Mount Topper State Forest. The forest is a short distance north of the Tingha township and one of the many properties affected by the devastating fires earlier this year. Source:  Timb
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NZ investment to train heavy machinery operators

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) in New Zealand will invest up to NZ$4.3 million to help establish a state-of-the-art heavy machinery operator training centre in Northland to address skills shortages and grow jobs. Source: Timberbiz “The talent pool of experienced people working as he
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Human health and forestry go together

The Forest Europe Expert Group on Human Health and Well-being has published a book that summarizes current knowledge on the health benefits of forests and integration of social aspects of forests into sustainable forest management (SFM). The publication presents evidence on the health
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Fuel reduction burning a must for Australian forests

Veteran firefighter Ewan Waller has called for fuel reduction burning to be an integral part of a visionary, long-term policy for managing fire in the forest. His thoughts were prompted by the recent fires in Gippsland and his memories of the Black Saturday inferno when he experienced
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Grafton cyclers clean up in Bom Bom

The Grafton Cycle club joined forces with Forestry Corporation of NSW for a clean up event in Bom Bom State Forest. Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Partnerships Coordinator Jodee Sparrow said the day was a success and thanked the volunteers for their time and effort. Source: Timberbiz F
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Virtual Reality a real safety training platform

LINX Cargo Care Group has created a Virtual Reality safety training platform in collaboration with Curiious and Samsung Electronics Australia, this is the first of its kind in Australia’s supply chain and logistics industry. Source: Timberbiz The Gear VR training platform was designed
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Volunteers hit Kinross State Forest to help clean-up efforts

The Orange Mountain Bike Club joined forces with Forestry Corporation of NSW and other volunteers for a Clean Up Australia Day event in Kinross State Forest. Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Community Programs Coordinator Nikki Bennetts said the event was a success and thanked the volunt
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Victorian bushfire update and Tasmanian stats on fire affected forests

Bushfires now in Victoria and previously in Tasmania have had a devastating affect not only on forestry but also and more importantly livelihoods, livestock and lives with firefighters in Victoria currently building containment lines around fires burning east of Melbourne before “gust
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NSW invests almost $40m in forestry with AFCA to benefit

New South Wales Government Minister for Forestry Paul Toole announced that the Government is investing almost $40 million to support innovation and training for NSW’s forestry industry and has allocated $4.6 million to support the development of a training and certification scheme for
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