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National Timber Councils looking for solutions from government

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) attended the annual general meeting of the National Timber Councils Association (NTCA) held in Canberra recently. Source: Timberbiz High on the agenda was innovation, community engagement, investment, and industry/government collaborat
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First timber office building for Sydney

The first commercial office building in Australia made completely from timber will be built by Lendlease as the gateway to its multi-billion dollar Barangaroo development in Sydney. Source: Sydney Morning Herald The six-storey International House Sydney will be made from engineered wo
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Timber tops interior awards

Timber lines the floor, ceiling and walls of a Darling Harbour apartment that has just won the award for best interior in Australia. Source: Stuff The apartment, designed by architecture firm Chenchow Little, has taken out the top award in the Australia Interior Design Awards. Domain.
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Wood plastic takes global market by storm

Scion and licensing partner Sonae Indústria is one of 12 finalists in this year’s KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards. Together they have commercialised an innovative wood fibre reinforced plastic branded as Woodforce. Source: Timberbiz “Plastics made with wood fibre are stronge
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Novel tool for sawmill students

New recruits to the sawmill industry will get a better picture of timber grains and how to saw them with a new training tool created at Scion. Source: Timberbiz Using Lloyd Donaldson and Alan Dickson’s microscopic images of radiata pine, digital images have been converted to 3D comput
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ABARES – growth driven by woodchips and housing

Increasing demand for timber to build new homes has driven growth in Australia’s forest and wood products sector.  Sources: ABC Rural, Lloyds List Australia The value of wood product exports from Australia increased by almost 10% to $2.8bn in 2014-15, according to a recent repor
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Conservation group claims battle for more information

A Northland New Zealand conservation group is claiming a win in its battle to force the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to release more information about the trade in kauri timber. Source: Radio New Zealand The Northland Environmental Protection Society has accused MPI of allowi
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Countdown on for the Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Sustainability Victoria CEO Stan Krpan is encouraging businesses of all sizes, community groups, the building sector, educational institutions, health services, individuals and government at all levels to enter the 2016 Premier’s Sustainability Awards and share their stories. So
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Aussie Brayden Meyer crowned Champion of Champions axe & saw

The 2016 winner of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Champions Trophy is 20 year old Australian Brayden Meyer. Source: Timberbiz Meyer competed for the first time in what is the toughest competition in the extreme sport of competitive logging. He fought hard throughout the day of gruelling compe
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Queensland timber industry outlook is bright

With a record-breaking year in new housing activity in Queensland in 2015, innovations in wood technology and new laws allowing taller timber buildings, the future for the State’s forest and timber industry is looking brighter. Source: Timberbiz Speaking at the Doing Timber Business i
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