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Federal Labor pitch for forestry summit and strategic plan 

At Labor’s National Conference, the Party committed to holding a summit for the forestry sector to inform the development of a comprehensive forestry strategic plan. The changes to the ALP’s National Platform recognise the forest industries’ potential to be part of Australia’s climate
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Monash PALS up with wood-pulp

A bio-manufacturing research hub that aims to transform wood-pulp into new, useable and renewable products has been launched at Monash University. The Processing Advanced Lignocellulosics hub – or PALS – is a consortium of industry, the Commonwealth Government through the Australian R
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Victoria still tops the housing scorecard … for now 

The strength of new home building in Victoria has once again kept it ahead of New South Wales as the number one state on the Housing Scorecard according the HIA’s Acting Principal Economist, Geordan Murray. The HIA Housing Scorecard report presents analysis which ranks each of the eig
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New thinking transforms housing construction

If you’re in the housing design, manufacturing or construction business, you know the industry in Australia is challenged. Skilled labour is in short supply, productivity levels are low and have not improved in decades, and construction costs are soaring. Against a backdrop of a globa
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Top 5: Market Points from IndustryEdge

Every month, IndustryEdge publishes Wood Market Edge, Australia’s only forestry and wood products market and trade analysis, and supplies its customers with hundreds of unique data products, advisory and consulting services. Find out more at www.industryedge.com.au 679,284 bdmt – Aust
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KPMG report shows Australia behind in biofuels

A 299-megawatt power station in the UK fuelled totally from timber residues is an example to Australia of the role that wood can play in the sustainable bioenergy economy, according to a new report. Tees Renewable Energy Plant is a biomass-fired combined heat and power plant that is u
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Norske Skog to invest $7m in NZ

The Norske Skog group has decided to invest about AUD$7 million to upgrade the Nature’s Flame wood pellets facility in New Zealand to more than double its annual production capacity to 85,000 tonnes. The increased production capacity will be commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2019.
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New CEO for Master Builders Victoria

Rebecca Casson has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Master Builders Association of Victoria (Master Builders) and will take up the role early next year. Ms Casson, currently chief executive officer of the committee for Geelong, replaces Radley de Silva who is retiring aft
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FSC hosts Chinese forestry delegation

FSC Australia was asked to host a Chinese State and Provincial forestry delegation to learn more about FSC, how standards are developed and what are the drivers for certification.  Adam Beaumont, APAC Regional Director provided an introduction to FSCI (globally), followed by FSC Austr
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Australian forestry delegation in Japan for trade relationship

An Australian forest industries delegation is in Japan this week meeting with Japanese industry leaders and government officials. The trip is aimed at forging stronger trade ties and to reinforce Australia’s sustainable forest management practices. The delegation will update Japanese
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