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Interest rate increase won’t affect rising cost of building materials

Yesterday’s 0.25% increase in the cash rate will do little to arrest the rising cost of building materials, according to the Housing Industry Association. The HIA’s Chief Economist Tim Reardon said that home building activity was expected to ease modestly from its current elevated lev
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Blue Sky awards for blue sky thinkers in Australia

Australia’s next generation of forest and forest product researchers and innovators have the chance to showcase their work, present to a global meeting of forest association CEOs and win a cash prize through the Blue Sky Young Researchers Innovation Award for 2022/23. Source: Timberbi
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The Wimbledon of wood chopping

Forestry Corporation of NSW was once again proud to support the Sydney Royal Easter Show tree felling championship, otherwise known as the Wimbledon of wood chopping and one of the most prestigious events at the show. Source: Timberbiz The organisation has supplied tree poles to the e
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Coalition’s commitment to wood products welcomed

Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia has joined the chorus of industry voices in welcoming the Coalition’s election commitment of $219.5 million to support R&D activities, foster innovation, and build capacity in our renewable wood product manufacturing industries.
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Both sides of federal politics backs NIFPI for Uni of Tasmania

The University of Tasmania in Launceston will be home to a trailblazing new National Institute for Forest Products Innovation that will position Australia as a world leader in timber and wood fibre R&D after the Federal Labor Party matched the Coalition’s $100 million pledge. Sour
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Sydney Innovation Hub’s hybrid design celebrates timber in all forms

The Sydney Oakhill College Innovation Hub currently under construction will provide state of the art technical workshops as well as science and laboratory spaces to prepare college students for a rapidly changing world, empowering them to explore new ideas and become knowledge-creator
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Grant recipients planting the future of Tasmanian forests

Planting more trees helps to protect the land for future generations and the Tasmanian Government congratulates eight landowners who will receive grants to integrate 329 hectares of trees on their land. Source: Timberbiz The Tasmanian Government, with assistance from the Australian Go
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Opinion: VicForests – Active forest management may increase forest resilience and reduce bushfire risk

Recent scientific studies into the 2019–20 black summer fires show timber harvesting had little impact on the extent and severity of the fires. [i] The studies conclude the extent and severity of the 2019–2020 bushfires were a result of years of below average rainfall, extreme fire we
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Friday Analysis: Nowa Nowa nursery was a media release not a reality

Hindsight, it is said, is 20:20 vision. But it can also be extremely insightful. Take the Victorian State Government’s decision this week to scrap the native seedling nursery at Nowa Nowa, East Gippsland. The $2m nursery, announced in 2020, was to be built on the PR Adams sawmill site
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Federal Labor needs to be clear on regs for pulp and paper industry

Australian Forest Products Association is insisting that any incoming Albanese Government not sacrifice vital regional manufacturing jobs through blunt changes to the Emissions Reduction Fund Safeguard Mechanism. Source: Timberbiz The AFPA, as the major national industry group represe
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