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Environmentally friendly fire-fighting chemical developed

Kiilto and PPO-Elektroniikka Oy have combined their expertise and developed an environmentally friendly fire-fighting chemical for extinguishing forest fires and wildfires. Source: Timberbiz Kiilto’s 100-year expertise in the chemical industry and PPO-Elektroniikka’s experience in fir
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OFO Jubilee mill fire

Production at OneFortyOne’s (OFO) Jubilee Sawmill at Mount Gambier is likely to resume on Wednesday following a $250,000 fire on Saturday. The fire, which started around 9:30pm, started in one of two transformers located in a neighbouring sub-station. Source: Timberbiz At least four M
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Electronic work diaries introduced for truck drivers

Australian heavy vehicle drivers will now have a choice in how they record their work and rest hours, with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator approving the first Electronic Work Diaries (EWD). Source: Timberbiz An EWD is an electronic recording system, approved by the NHVR, used to
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New $1m fire spotting tech for Limestone Coast

New fire detection technology and the upgrade of fire-spotting towers across the Limestone Coast forestry estate will be funded as part of a $1.1m State Government investment. Source: The Border Watch The investment will see the fire-tower network staffed, as well as the continuation
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New bushfire plan developed online for Tasmania

Tasmanians can now develop an online bushfire plan and better understand their bushfire risk using a new website launched in November 2020 as part of the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to keeping Tasmanians safe. Source: Timberbiz The new ‘5-minute bushfire plan’ is an easy-to-use
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Nunn better at training; Australian Trainer of the Year award

TAFE Gippsland Timber Training Unit manager, Kevin Nunn, is now Australia’s VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year. The Bairnsdale-based teacher was announced as the winner of the VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year category in the 2020 Australian Training Awards, having secured the title of Vic
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Softwoods group wants stronger government and private forests bushfire partnerships

The Softwoods Working Group has called for a greater partnership between the government and private forestry plantations when it comes to bushfires. Peter Crowe, chairman of the Softwoods Working Group, said a greater partnership would have great benefits. Source: Timberbiz The NSW Bu
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Friday analysis: The impact of another state lockdown

The total hard lockdown in South Australia to help prevent a second COVID-19 wave was only going to last six days. But what an impact it had in just two. And we’re not talking about having to stay home and not walk the dog or play golf. Source: Bruce Mitchell The lockdown had imposed
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Five-day bootcamp for NSW firefighters

Forestry Corporation firefighting staff from the Tumut, Moss Vale, Deniliquin, Bombala, Bathurst and Central Cypress forest protection areas honed their skills recently in a five-day training camp at Laurel Hill in preparation for the fire season ahead. Source: Timberbiz All up, 44 st
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COVID-19 scare forces mill closure in SA

COVID-19 has forced the temporary closure of a Green Triangle timber mill. Yahl timber mill Roundwood Solutions near Mount Gambier has closed as a precaution after a link to a potential coronavirus case was discovered on Tuesday. Source: Timberbiz Around 30 people are expected to be t
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