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Friday analysis: safeguarding timber workers from protests finally gains traction

The Victorian Government has taken firm – and in some quarters unexpected – action to safeguard the State’s timber workers from protestors. The proposed new laws are made of stern stuff, and the Government is to be applauded for its action. Protestors who illegally enter coupes in Vic
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Fuel break corridors made safer for firefighting in Victoria

Forest Fire Management Victoria has begun work to strengthen 217 kilometres of strategic fuel breaks across the North Eastern Victoria. Source: Timberbiz Strategic fuel breaks are used as corridors where vegetation and fuels are significantly reduced to create a safer area for firefig
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Victoria’s new Bill to stop illegal forest protestors

Protestors who illegally enter coupes in Victoria and dangerously interfere with workers or their machinery will be subject to stronger penalties including maximum fines of more than $21,000 or 12-months imprisonment. Source: Timberbiz And PVC and metal pipes, which can be used in dan
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Cutting Through to the root of problems

Forico is partnering with Rural Alive and Well and its sector-specific Cutting Through program, aimed at bringing critical support to Tasmanians in the forestry and timber industry. Source: Timberbiz RAW is a Tasmanian not-for-profit organisation, building mentally healthy and resilie
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Tasmanian Police Offences Amendment Bill has support from both sides

The Tasmanian Liberal Government has introduced legislation to protect the rights of workers, and to deter unlawful interference with workplaces. The government signalled in August that it would re-introduce its anti-protest legislation which failed to pass in the Upper House in March
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Opinion: Vic Jurkis – healthy safe forests regardless of climate change or logging

Studies of Black Summer by both pro-logging and anti-logging academics did not test the effects of logging on the extent and severity of the fires, as claimed. There is no direct relationship between logging history and fire behaviour. Logging can affect the arrangement and quantity o
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Opinion: VicForests – Active forest management may increase forest resilience and reduce bushfire risk

Recent scientific studies into the 2019–20 black summer fires show timber harvesting had little impact on the extent and severity of the fires. [i] The studies conclude the extent and severity of the 2019–2020 bushfires were a result of years of below average rainfall, extreme fire we
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Andrews Government leaves Gippslanders to fend for themselves with bushfires

Important recommendations from a review of the 2019/20 bushfires that ravaged the region will not be acted on by the Andrews Labor Government until 2024, leaving East Gippslanders to endure two more summers before shortfalls are addressed. Source: Timberbiz Nationals Member for Gippsl
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NF McDonnell don colourful shirts for mental health conversations

Colourful work shirts have been rolled out at a Mount Gambier timber mill to get the conversation moving on mental health. Source: The Border Watch NF McDonnell and Son staff members have been wearing the shirts with a colourful print on the bottom, collar and sleeves of the shirts wh
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Bushfire recovery is for trained operators

Bushfire recovery is a high-risk activity that requires operating under pressure and remaining on site for an extended period of time. With forestry operators, arborists and other service providers supporting the prevention as well as clean-up of bushfires it is important that contrac
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