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McCormack to remain as chair of AFPA with reaffirmed board

Long-serving Australian Forest Products Association chairman Greg McCormack will continue in the role alongside a reaffirmed board of directors. Source: Timberbiz Mr McCormack said AFPA’s Board was in lockstep on the association’s priorities to advocate for Australia’s forest industri
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New directors for Forico

Hobart-based Tracy Matthews and Beth Mathison have been appointed for a three-year term to the Forico Board. They are both Fellows of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and each bring decades of experience from private, government and not-for-profit enterprises, both local
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Victorian Labor senator Ciccone warns his party against demonising forestry

Victorian Labor senator Raff Ciccone has warned his colleagues against demonising regional industries, particularly forestry, as the federal opposition prepares to finalise its climate policy ahead of next year’s election. Source: The Age In a speech to the Senate on Tuesday night, Se
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Sunshine Coast researcher to use forest waste to fight climate change

A University of the Sunshine Coast researcher is investigating how forest waste can help fight climate change and boost the incomes of farmers and landowners. Source: Noosa Today USC Sunshine Coast PhD candidate Trinh Huynh has won a 2021 Student Award from the Crawford Fund to pursue
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DesignBUILD back on in early 2022

DesignBUILD will open its doors again to the building and construction industry, returning to the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on 10 – 12 May 2022. The show will have a renewed focus on showcasing quality products, sustainable solutions and smart tech from some o
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Australia a bioenergy powerhouse in a new Roadmap

Australia’s potential as a bioenergy powerhouse has been unveiled in the Australian Renewable Agency’s Bioenergy Roadmap, which recognises the potential of industrial heat in Australia’s future renewable energy mix. Source: Timberbiz Australian Forest Products Association CEO Ross Ham
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Timber troubles escalate in Victoria with workers stood down

The Victorian timber industry is facing a fresh crisis with VicForests’ contractors and timber workers stood down last week because of more recent injunctions placed on the harvesting of coupes. Source: Timberbiz The timber workers union held urgent talks with forest contractors
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Housing boom will build into 2022

Demand for new detached and multi-unit housing has remained strong, suggesting that the current boom in home building will be sustained throughout 2022. HIA released its economic and industry Outlook Report for Australia yesterday. Source: Timberbiz The Outlook Report includes updated
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Developers look at vertical expansion with lightweight wood

As vacant parcels of land become harder to find in densifying urban centres and business districts, developers are looking at vertical expansion through ‘overbuild’ construction. Source: Think Wood In addition to generating incremental income with new tenant space, overbuilds can mode
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VicForests independent audit garners good results

An independent audit of VicForests has found its operations to be 95% compliant overall and better than that in the five key environmental compliance areas. Source: Timberbiz As part of its Annual Forest Audit program, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) co
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