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Firehawk trials in Tasmania

A new camera-based fire detection system has been trialled in Tasmania for the first time by forest management company SFM.  The Firehawk system provides real time fire detection allowing for a rapid aerial-based response to potentially threatening bushfire ignitions and has been used
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Truckies urged to do safety checklist ahead of national roadworthy survey

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is urging heavy vehicle operators to use their Daily Safety Checklist, ahead of the second major health check of Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet. Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormac
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Buy Aussie timber campaign a winner, now a new focus on carbon

Australia’s structural timber supply chain industry has applauded the success of the Buy Aussie Timber First (BATF) campaign. The campaign was launched to promote Australian timber sales following the destructive 2019/20 summer bushfires and the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
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Vale: Councillor Malcolm Hole

Wellington Shire Councillor Malcolm Hole has died from an illness at Central Gippsland Health. First elected to council in 2000, he served as Mayor in 2002 and 2006, as well as Deputy Mayor in 2019. Source: Timberbiz National Timber Councils Association president Dale Harriman said Cr
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$16million Jubilee Mill upgrade – more timber using less energy

OneFortyOne (OFO) has strengthened its commitment to the Green Triangle region with a $16 million dollar capital investment at the Jubilee Sawmill. The first of two new Continuous Drying Kilns (CDK) replaces the old batch kilns with more efficient and environmentally conscious biomass
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Tasmania urges Canberra to strip BBF of charitable status

The Tasmanian government has reportedly urged Canberra to strip the Bob Brown Foundation of its charitable status. Resources Minister Guy Barnett told The Advocate in Burnie he had written to Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar asking him to consider the Tasmanian-based foundation̵
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Strong softwood demand and tight supply is a worldwide issue

Strong global demand for softwood means that supply will continue to be tight in 2021 in the UK, and may well tighten further, it was revealed at the UK TTF’s Softwood Conference. Source: Timberbiz Rather than viewing the current situation as a temporary spike before returning to old
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A share in FWPA’s clean slate strategic plan

If you have ideas about initiatives the industry should consider that could support the ongoing success of the Australian forest and wood products sector, now is the time to share them according to Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA). Source: Timberbiz FWPA has initiated the dev
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Vic forestry plan is a unicorn policy says Peter Walsh

The Victorian State Government has been accused of wanting to destroy the state’s native timber industry and was “chopping down everyone and everything standing in its way” to do it. Source: Timberbiz Victoria’s Nationals leader and Shadow Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh said that li
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Timber Queensland wants crackdown on non-compliant hardwood log exports

The Queensland timber industry is calling for a crackdown on regulatory compliance for native hardwood log exports and a suspension of federal export licences from Queensland until such time as an adequate compliance regime is put in place. Source: Timberbiz Chair of the Timber Queens
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