Australasia's home for timber news and information

Vic Code of Practice for Timber Production submissions close today

Submissions to the Victorian Code of Practice for Timber Production close today and the organisation representing timber merchants and retailers is urging members to make a submission. Source: Timberbiz The MGA/TMA, says that if the code is not fixed, contractors and their crews are l
Continue Reading →

Heyfield Timber Festival back on this year

After a 27-year hiatus, the Heyfield Timber Festival is set to return in October 2021 to celebrate the small town’s proud history and the relevance of the modern timber industry. Source: The Gippsland Times The Heyfield Timber Festival began several decades ago as a way of recognising
Continue Reading →

Diversity Action Plan to deliver Tasmanian forestry more scope

The Tasmanian Forests and Forest Products Network (TFFPN) will deliver a Diversity Action Plan for the forest industry which aims to increase the gender and cultural diversity of the workforce. Source: Timberbiz The project was a key commitment in the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s Fi
Continue Reading →

Boral agrees to sell its timber business to Pentarch

Boral Limited has entered into an agreement with Allied Natural Wood Enterprises Pty Limited (Pentarch Group) to sell its Australian hardwood and softwood timber business for $64.5 million. Source: Timberbiz The purchase includes Boral’s nine sawmills in NSW, making Pentarch the large
Continue Reading →

Demand for catalogue and magazine paper hit hard

Demand for the main paper grades used to supply catalogues and magazines continues to slump, with imports especially hard hit. Light Weight Coated (LWC) grades of paper made from mechanical pulp have seen imports crash more than 73% over the last two years, falling to just 26.4 kt yea
Continue Reading →

Australian genome sequence of spotted gum gets international attention

Southern Cross University forest scientists can lay claim to a pivotal role in establishing the green shoots for sequencing the genome of Australia’s spotted gum. Since its release in May this year, the genome sequence of the spotted gum (Corymbia citriodora subsp. variegata) has attr
Continue Reading →

Strengthening Australia’s illegal logging laws with your help

The review of the Australia-wide regulation to combat illegal logging and its associated trade is now open for consultation.  Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam said the review of the Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation 2012 presents an opportunity to streng
Continue Reading →

Radial may produce LVL from Victorian native forest thinnings

  An upbeat Radial Timber is looking to move into producing LVL from plantations and possibly process native forest ‘thinnings’ despite the planned closure of Victoria’s native forest industry by 2030. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz Radial, which is based at Yarram in Victo
Continue Reading →

24,000 hectares of pine in Green Triangle sold to AXA IM

Investment house AXA IM has taken control of 24,000 hectares of pine plantations straddling the border between Victoria and South Australia in a $775 million deal with US fund manager Global Forest Partners, the biggest timber transaction in the country for more than a decade. Source:
Continue Reading →

SA sawmills back to work to meet timber shortages

A decision to allow the resumption of structural timber production in the state’s sawmills will let the industry play catch up for a week in a bid to reduce shortages threatening to derail the residential building boom. Source: InDaily The building industry has been forced to down too
Continue Reading →