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Second consecutive month of increased building approvals

ABS figures show that building approvals increased by 3.9% in October, the second consecutive month of growth, said the Housing Industry Association. Source: Timberbiz During October, total seasonally adjusted new dwelling approvals rose to 19,652, the strongest monthly result since t
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Wood Solutions National Young Master Builder

WA home builder, Ray Kershaw, 31, has taken out Australia’s top award as the WoodSolutions National Young Master Builder of the Year in the Master Builders Association’s annual awards held at Jupiters on the Gold Coast on November 14. Source: Timberbiz Mr Kershaw, who is the director
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Low interest rates drives up pine prices

Record low interest rates and greater housing construction are driving up the price of Australian pine trees, according to Australia’s largest forestry investment company. Source: ABC Rural A new report released by the Federal Government indicates Australia’s housing const
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Rising housing market good for Qld timber

The Queensland timber industry says the sector has benefited from the rising housing market, but the challenge of competing with cheaper imports is ongoing. Source: ABC Rural The most recent Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) Australian fore
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Mpavillion design event timbers

Britton Timbers has supplied the architectural timber used for the MPavilion, the annual architecture commission and design event in Melbourne. MPavilion partnered with Britton Timbers this year for the supply of timber for the project. Founded in 2014, MPavilion is an initiative of t
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Prefab opportunity with Singapore

PrefabAUS has been approached by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) to assist in identifying members who are interested in exploring Singapore as a place of business. Source: Timberbiz This could be via licencing proprietary IP or establishing operations or a joint venture
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World Interior of the Year in wood

March Studio’s design for Hotel Hotel, a contemporary hotel in Canberra, Australia, has been named as the World Interior of the Year for 2015 at the INSIDE – World Festival of Interiors in Singapore. Source: Archtecture AU The project has beaten over 100 nominees across nine cat
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CSIRO workshop in Tasmania

Pre-fabricated engineered wood for construction such as CLT and glulam are well established overseas and the industry is co-hosting a CSIRO workshop about ways to kick-start innovation in the forest industry in Australia. Source: PR Wire, Timberbiz This is a key question for the indus
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National design competition for landscape timber

Intergrain has partnered with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) to launch a national design competition that challenges young designers to explore imaginative ways to use timber in design. Source: Architecture & Design Intergrain’s inaugural Urban Timber Proj
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Clarence Valley timber history

If you know anyone involved with the Clarence Valley timber industry in years gone by, Glenn Reid wants to hear from you. Source: Daily Examiner Until Saturday afternoon, a photographic history of the north coast timber industry will be on display as part of the Jacaranda Woodwork Exh
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