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The 57th Australian Export Awards open to forestry

Forestry exporters are invited to nominate for the awards to celebrate their contribution to Australia’s record exports and strongest ever trade surplus. This year there are 13 national awards categories including Agribusiness, Emerging Exporter, Sustainability, Manufacturing and Adva
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FWPA RD&E projects to support industry

FWPA has supported a range of RD&E projects, funded jointly by industry and the Australian Government, under its voluntary matched funding program. Voluntary matching has allowed FWPA to work with some of the best minds in the country on the development of technologies and initiat
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Big River Group picks up Plytech and Decortech in Auckland

Big River has started on its global expansion strategy to better serve its customers across the Tasman and grow its business in the plywood and specialty segments in New Zealand with the acquisition of Plytech, Highbrook, and Decortech in East Tamaki Auckland. Source: Timberbiz “Plyte
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Feasibility study of Eden to Canberra rail

A $1 million feasibility study is underway in New South Wales into the viability of a Canberra to Eden rail line – a project that could boost the state’s forestry industry. The study was announced late last year in Parliament by the Deputy Premier and Nationals leader, John Barilaro,
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Industry groups call for urgent Australia-wide action on building regulation

Building industry groups have signed a joint call for urgent Australia-wide action on building regulations. The letter, signed by the Property Council of Australia, the Insurance Council of Australia, Ai Group and the Australian Construction Industry Forum, says Australia’s fragmented
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NZ could set fire to China’s log jam

It is reported that New Zealand logs are piling up on Chinese wharves as cheap, sawn timber makes its way by train into the People’s Republic from Russia and Scandinavia. Five million tonnes of logs, mostly from New Zealand are sitting on wharves in China unsold. Source: Timberb
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Queensland’s industry Big Day Out for the timber industry

An industry Big Day Out to promote the critical aspects of the hardwood timber industry and its impacts on income and livelihood to a raft of families across rural southern Queensland has been planned for Maryborough in August. Source: Timberbiz The Queensland Hardwood Timber Industry
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NSW Nationals want to return to harvesting Riverina Red Gum

The New South Wales Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, has vowed to return some of the reserved Red Gum forests in the Riverina back into commercial timber harvesting. In an address to the NSW Nationals’ state conference last month, Mr Barilaro, who is NSW Nationals leader, made a commitm
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Testing the water to shut town native timber in Victoria

A market research company is visiting country towns in Victoria to test the water on the public’s reaction to shutting down the native timber industry. The most recent of several events was in Maryborough on Wednesday night. Others are understood to have taken place in Shepparton and
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Generous rural leadership program scholarships open

Applications have opened for $55,000 scholarships with the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) to join Course 27. Matt Linnegar, chief executive of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation said the ARLP is a 15-month leadership development program that takes place over five s
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