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Borg has EPA approval for wood residue recovery

Borg Manufacturing has received EPA approval to implement an Urban Wood Residue recovery process. The EPA exemption allows Borg to recover a range of raw materials from other businesses, including softwood offcuts (included treated pine), LVL and glulam offcuts and, wood pallets and c
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Palaszczuk Government takes action to support timber industry jobs

The Queensland Government has announced its native timber action plan with the government saying it is taking decisive action to support regional Queensland timber industry jobs, locking in hardwood supplies in the Wide-Bay Burnett region up to 2026. The new timber industry action pla
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Boost to financial counselling to assist bushfire victims

The Australian Government has instigated additional measures to support recovery from this seasons’ bushfires, which will include 60 more rural financial counsellors and support workers, with an injection of $15 million in additional funding to the Rural Financial Counselling Service
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AUSTimber2020 moves to November

This week’s decision to postpone AUSTimber2020 until November because of the devastating bushfires in East Gippsland has been met with wide-spread industry and community support. The decision to reschedule AUSTimber2020 from April required careful consideration of the impact on commit
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Boral Timber workers unlimited paid leave to help fight fires

Boral Timber, along with all Boral divisions, has offered unlimited paid leave to its employees who are responding to the bushfire crisis. The company has people in many communities affected by the disaster, the company has also supplied equipment to the firefighting efforts. Source:
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Victorian logging road receives funding for upgrade

The Victorian Labor Government is boosting safety at a notorious narrow road in Victoria’s south-west with a major upgrade on Dunkeld-Cavendish Road, this is a major link between the Glenelg and Henty highways which sees the transportation of timber. Source: Timberbiz Acting Minister
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Privatisation of NSW forestry in jeopardy due to fires

The $1bn privatisation of NSW forestry assets has been placed in jeopardy by the bushfires, with large swaths of the land already burned out and the plan unlikely to proceed if the damage is too extensive. Source: Timberbiz A scoping study announced in August is expected to continue t
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Royal Commission on bushfires – bring it on

Plans by Prime Minister Scott Morrison to take a proposal to Cabinet to establish a royal commission into the current catastrophic bushfires have been generally welcomed by the timber industry. Source: Timberbiz Climate change, and how to better prepare and adapt for the “new normal” 
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Bushfires update – cooler, wetter weather on the horizon

Firefighters in Eastern Australia are capitalising on calmer weather conditions forecast for the rest of this week with authorities still unable to accurately assess the damage to harvestable timber stocks. Source: Timberbiz In Victoria, where fires have burned an estimated 1.2 millio
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Sumitomo Forestry buys into WA housing market

Sumitomo Forestry has entered into an agreement to acquire a 51% stake in Scott Park Group, a company that operates a custom-built housing business in Western Australia. The acquisition was made through its wholly owned Australian subsidiary, Sumitomo Forestry Australia Pty Ltd. Sourc
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