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Queensland building plan: timber should be a big part

Proposals to improve the sustainability performance of residential buildings as part of a new Queensland Building Plan are ignoring the biggest carbon win, according to chief executive of Timber Queensland Mick Stephens. Source: The Fifth Estate His association has called on the gover
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Planet Ark reports on calm benefits of wood

A new report shows significant health and wellbeing benefits can be had by incorporating wood in interior design and the construction of buildings according to a new report by Planet Ark. Source: Timberbiz The use of wood, especially in conjunction with the principles of ‘nature conne
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10 truckloads of timber for Easter Show

Ten truckloads of timber from Badja, Bago and Yambulla State Forests are making their way to the Sydney Royal Easter Show to be used in wood chop competitions. Source: Eden Magnet Forestry Corporation of NSW’s sales and distribution supervisor Andy Costello said 4017 chopping blocks a
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Heyfield workers rally but mill may go south

The owners of the Heyfield sawmill have no intention to sell it to the State Government and have revealed more about details of their plans to relocate the mill to Tasmania. Sources: ABC News, The Age, AAP, Herald Sun, The Australian The jobs of 260 Heyfield workers are in limbo after
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Timber is the right disruption for the future

When you get timber design right, working with different professions, it’s like beautiful music says UK architect Andrew Waugh. Source: The Fifth Estate But timber buildings are also like a tsunami – the UK has 500 already and his firm is “run off its feet” with demand. Designing with
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New beginning for Gunns sawmill

The derelict wasteland of the former Gunns sawmill in Scottsdale has been given a new lease of life by the local community. Source: The Examiner The once thriving mill employed 180 people in its heyday, but after the turn of the millennium, the apparent downturn of the forestry indust
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Toxic Kopper site approved for housing 

A former timber treatment site in Bungendore has been approved for residential development despite it being contaminated with cancer causing substances. Source: The Canberra Times Despite the contamination, it has been 11 years since the Environment Protection Authority tested the sit
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Xlam feeding the need for CLT 

The long wait for Australian-made cross laminated timber (CLT) is nearly over. Xlam Australia will open its first CLT manufacturing plant in Wodonga and be producing panels for construction by the close of 2017. Source: Architecture and Design The company shared its plans to build a f
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Flat pack apartments now more common 

A material used in construction for centuries is making a comeback, as developers and builders take timber to new heights. Source: ABC News On a site in Campbelltown, where four apartment towers are being built, almost the only noise you can hear is from another construction site near
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McVilly timber has buyer interest

“Several parties” have expressed interest in purchasing McVilly Timber, which operates under the company name of Mount Edisar Pty Ltd, administrators say. Source: The Standard Administrators were appointed to Terang-based McVilly Timber on February 13, closing the company, which has o
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