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Two weeks to Timber awards announcement

Less than two weeks to go before the 2017 Australian Timber Design Award winners are announced in Melbourne. Source: Timberbiz For the first time Dangerous Designs will be joining the celebrations that will beled by celebrity MC Tracey Spicer. Tickets are available at $170 pp for entr
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Australia increasing log exports

Timberland owners in Australia are increasingly exploring opportunities for the exportation of logs as an alternative to selling logs in the domestic market. From 2012 to 2016, the export volume was up 300%, and 2017 is likely to set a new record high, according to the Wood Resource Q
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Carter Holt Harvey closes sawmill – no worker scheme in place

Remaining Carter Holt Harvey Morwell sawmill employees went home from work for the last time on Thursday after the company closed its doors permanently. Source: The Latrobe Valley Express CHH announced the closure in late July due to a lack of plantation pine from its key supplier, Ha
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Great Forest National Park – no says Coalition

The Great Forest National Park will not go ahead if the Victorian Coalition is elected next year, Nationals leader Peter Walsh has declared. Source: The Weekly Times “We are not in favour at all of supporting the concept of the Great Forest National Park,” Mr Walsh said. “At the last
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Safe Work October

Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, has officially launched National Safe Work Month 2017, reminding Australians that safe workplaces happen when everyone shares their knowledge and experience about what makes work safe. Source: Timberbiz “October is National Safe
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OneFortyOne signs sale with Carter Holt Harvey

OneFortyOne Plantations (OFO) announced it has signed a sale agreement with Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) for the purchase of the Jubilee Highway sawmill in Mount Gambier and the Woodchip operations at Portland.  Source: Timberbiz OFO had previously announced its intention to acquire these
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Macquare Uni innovation hub with innovative design

In a fitting testimony to its purpose, Macquarie University’s new innovation hub was mostly pre-fabricated offsite, and the entire onsite build and fitout completed in five months. Source: The Fifth Estate The hub was designed by Architectus and constructed primarily of timber, includ
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Great Forest National Park a great concern

Pressure is mounting on the Victorian Government to declare where it stands on a proposal to develop the Great Forest National Park, east of Melbourne. Source: The Weekly Times The proposal for 355,000 hectares of protected forests across the Eastern Victorian Central Highlands — incl
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Gympie’s historic sawmill gets $49k for revival

Believed to be the last steam powered sawmill operating in Queensland, the Elgin Vale mill has sat dormant and unused for the past 30 years. Source: Gympie Times Now, the Gympie Woodworks Museum will be bringing the heritage building near Manumbar back to glory with the help of $49,00
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Timber biofuels need government incentives

With a number of coal-fired power stations tipped to close over the next decade, the Queensland timber industry says it could help alleviate any energy shortages by producing green fuel from its waste but is being held back by a lack of government incentives. Source: ABC Rural About o
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