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Indonesia marks major milestone against illegal logging

Indonesia and the EU have marked the second anniversary of a major milestone in their partnership against illegal logging — the launch of the world’s first ‘FLEGT’ licensing scheme, guaranteeing the legality of timber products exported to the EU. Since Indonesia began issuing FLEGT li
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New home approvals up in September down in October

ABS data released shows that a total of 17,070 homes (seasonally adjusted) were approved for construction in the month of October 2018, 1.5% fewer than in the previous month and 13.2% fewer than in October 2017. The monthly decline in total approvals was driven by multi-unit homes, wh
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Building for bushfires and minimizing risk

Designing to ‘build out’ bushfires by minimising the risk of ember, radiant heat and flame damage means timber homes can safely be built, even in bushfire-prone areas (BPA). With fire authorities predicting an increasing bushfire threat in Australia, building with fire in mind has bec
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New Timber Queensland Board has an eye on the future

Timber Queensland, the body representing the State’s $3.2 billion per annum forest and timber industry, held its Annual General Meeting and a unanimous decision by members present elected James Hyne, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Hyne Timber as the new chair and Paul Bidwell deputy
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VAFI seeks to work with new forestry minister

The Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) congratulates the Andrews Government’s newly appointed Agriculture Minister, Jaclyn Symes, MP. VAFI CEO, Tim Johnston, said he looks forward to working closely with Minister Symes on behalf of VAFI members given the industry’s econ
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Keep up with the revolution in offsite timber construction

Smart technology is changing everything. The advances taking place in the offsite manufacture of timber frame and mass wood buildings for residential and commercial buildings, is nothing short of revolutionary. New and smart technologies are improving productivity and speed of constru
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Member for Logan sees tall timber buildings grow the economy

Australia’s tallest engineered timber office building situated in King Street, Bowen Hills (Queensland) and comprising of 3097 individual timber elements, has just been officially opened. The Lendlease development heralds opportunities for the Queensland’s forest and timber industry,
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Three NSW regional agreements renewed

The three New South Wales Regional Forest Agreements have been renewed by the Federal and State Governments, giving the timber industry access to the state’s native forests for another 20 years. The agreements were signed off by the federal Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud; the
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Deloitte report on economic impact of VicForests

Victoria’s native forest industry generated a direct $770 million in revenue in 2015-16 and supported more than 2500 jobs, most in regional areas, according to a report from Deloitte Access Economics. The industry’s overall economic impact over 10 years is more than $5 billion. The De
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New Victorian minister for forestry

Victoria’s forestry policy from now will be in the hands of Jaclyn Symes, who has been appointed Agriculture Minister in the re-elected Andrews Government. Ms Symes, 39, is the Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, but must wait until her re-election is formally confirmed before s
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