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Analysis: In a world shut down by COVID-19 is timber an essential industry?

If a week is a long time in politics, then 24 hours is an even longer time in a world effectively shut down by COVID-19. There is the occasional trickle of good news, but that is rare. This current crisis comes on the heels of the devastating bushfires during December and January and
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MBA & CFMEU join to support construction during COVID-19

Building sites have been deemed essential activities by the Federal Government and spared from the tight restrictions placed on restaurants, pubs, clubs, cinemas and other non-essential businesses. Source: Timberbiz However, while business continues as usual, some in the industry are
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Boral gives timber back to Kangaroo Island

Following the devastating bushfires which burnt across more than one third of Kangaroo Island, Boral Timber has donated materials to help build a new wildlife hospital dedicated to conservation. Source: Timberbiz A team of volunteers, including hosts and former contestants from Channe
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We’re not up sheet creek

Australia has enough wood fibre to keep up with the demand for toilet paper, according to WA Plantation Resources chief executive Ian Telfer. He said Australia had no chance of running out of raw materials for toilet paper, which is made from softwood plantations such as pine, using t
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Labor delays leave bush users in the lurch

Bush users have been left hanging by the Andrews Labor Government as it continues to delay its response to a report that recommended locking up state forests in national parks, according to the Nationals’ Eastern Victorian MP Melina Bath. Source: Timberbiz The Victorian Environm
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KIPT lodges response document to seaport plan

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers reached the final milestone in its development application for the Kangaroo Island Seaport recently with the lodging of its formal response document. Source: Timberbiz The document addresses issues raised by government agencies and the community in e
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Nelson Forests rebranded OFO NZ

Following the purchase of Nelson Forests in 2018, including the Kaituna sawmill near Blenheim, by OneFortyOne (OFO) the company has decided to rebrand its New Zealand operations OneFortyOne New Zealand effective today. Source: Timberbiz OneFortyOne Chief Executive Officer Linda Sewell
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Australian mills continue to operate while NZ mills shutdown

Australia’s timber mills are continuing to operate during the COVID-19 lockdown as normal and will do so until ordered otherwise. Building sites have been already been deemed essential activities by the Federal Government, spared from the tight restrictions placed on restaurants, pubs
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Responsible Wood answering to COVID-19 issues in Australia and NZ

Representatives from Australia and New Zealand met to discuss AS/NZS 4708 as the historic Trans-Tasman forestry standard moves a step closer. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, representatives from up to 26 different organisations participated in a teleconference instead of face-to-face due
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Key forestry assets are critical infrastructure in bushfire emergencies

Key forestry assets such as the NSW Southwest Slopes’ softwood plantations, which support the biggest economic sector in the region, should be considered critical infrastructure when allocating firefighting and fire mitigation resources, the Royal Commission into Natural Disaster Arra
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