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Interim CEO to set out strategic blueprint for TABMA’s future

David Little has been appointed acting CEO of TABMA Australia following the departure of Colin Fitzpatrick who resigned on 9 November. Mr Little has extensive experience in the management of building supplies and timber merchants including as group general manager of Newline Building
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Hardwood chip prices up 3.6% in China in September

A sure sign of continued strength in fibre markets, the Australian hardwood chip price rose 3.6% to an average USDFob156.78/bdmt (bone dried metric tonne) in September. The record average price was on softer volumes of 233.1 kbdmt however, shipments to China in the September Quarter t
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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 Up 10.1% – Australi
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Regional council collaboration can boost timber industry growth

  The Queensland timber industry has applauded Gympie Mayor Mick Curran in promoting the further development of the forestry and timber industry in the local and surrounding regions. Hosting a timber industry forum, the Mayor consulted with industry representatives from across th
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VicForests’ strong endorsement from Responsible Wood audit

General Manager of Corporate Affairs, Alex Messina, said VicForests was proud of its Responsible Wood AFS certification which has been maintained for more than 10 years. The May 2018 Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) Surveillance Audit report, the latest for Responsible Wood certific
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Forestry chief dumped from new Victorian Cabinet

Former Victorian forestry chief, Philip Dalidakis, has been dumped from the new Victorian Labor Cabinet because half the ministers will be women. Mr Dalidakis, a former chief executive of the Victorian Forest Industries Association and a strong forestry supporter, was omitted from the
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Inflation below target – low wages growth at core of failure to spend

At an annualised 1.9%, Australia’s inflation rate for the year-ended September is feeding into concerns about faltering consumption and a possibly slowing economy. The annualised rate was below the 2.1% recorded in the June Quarter and sees inflation fall below the RBA’s target band o
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Timber bollards in demand as security awareness rises

FWPA has just issued the 47th Technical Design Guide – Timber Bollards: for protection and traffic control — which is available on the WoodSolutions website. Design Guide 47 covers the types, aesthetics and use categories of timber bollards, with advice on choosing timber, installing
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Fit-for-purpose warranty scheme set to start in NSW

From January 2019 Home Warranty Assurance Australia (HWAA) is preparing to become the first public unlisted company outside iCare to offer Home Building Compensation products to NSW builders and Trade contractors. Founded by experienced NSW builders and backed by private capital provi
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Pulp prices softening

Pulp price sentiments softened towards the end of October, with demand and supply fundamentals beginning to impact prices. The issue for the upstream supply chain – including the supply of woodchips from Australia – is that softening pulp prices may place woodchip prices under pressur
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