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Study options open in timber durability

Timber is one of the world’s most important renewable construction materials and Australia remains a leader in the field. Its durability is an important aspect of performance, particularly with Australia’s climate extremes and voracious termites. The National Centre for Timber Durabil
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A 35-year career in forestry ends for Bob Germantse

Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Bob Germantse is retiring as Snowy Region Manager following a 35-year career dedicated to the forestry industry. Mr Germanste is based in Tumut and said his career reflects the opportunities that the forestry industry can offer. Source: Timberbiz “Looking
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Green buildings no longer lead by Romilly Madew

The Green Building Council of Australia’s long-serving leader, Romilly Madew, has been appointed chief executive officer of Infrastructure Australia. Ms Madew’s appointment was announced by the Infrastructure Australia Board and welcomed by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack. Sou
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Tasmanian timber camp wins world prize

A Tasmanian building was awarded a highly-commended prize at the World Architecture Festival for the Best Use of Certified Timber. Nicola Leonardi, Koray Malhan and Mark Thompson awarded the first highly commended prize to Krakani Lumi – a standing camp in Tasmania designed by Taylor
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Growing colour-full wood in New Zealand

Staining or painting timber is the traditional way to add colour to wooden products, but that colour is only surface deep and any scratching or resurfacing can remove the colour. Now a full thickness colour technology has been developed by Scion that fixes a colourful dye throughout t
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Skills Standards Development Projects Update

Advances in Woodmachining and Sawdoctoring Project and the Sawmill Timber and Process Optimisation Project are currently in the development phase. These projects commenced with the establishment of Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) in late August 2018. Following feedback and consul
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Frame and Truss national conference in Australia

The Frame and Truss Manufacturers Association of Australia (FTMA) will hold its national conference at the RACV Royal Pines in Benowa, Queensland on the 26 March 2019 with activities the day before and the Multinail Machinery Expo the day following the conference. This is the largest
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Improving export supply chain efficiency

An FWPA-funded project is analysing wood export supply chain management from various angles, including value and quality assessment, measurement and inventory assessment, phytosanitary testing and wood loading technologies. Source: Timberbiz As part of the project led by chief investi
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FSC guidance for Greenstar Credits

To make it easier for builders to demonstrate that they meet the Greenstar Timber Credit requirements FSC Australia has released a short guidance document. The document provides clear information about how to make sure that the timber you are using is FSC certified. Source: Timberbiz
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Indepth on VicForests report

VicForests made a net profit of $1.2 million on sales of about $101 million in 2017-18 despite big cutbacks in the state’s timber resource, according to the annual report of the government’s commercial forestry operator. The state-owned company, despite a small drop in the value of sa
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