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WA joins Tasmania and adopts Wood Encouragement Policy

Western Australia has joined Tasmania to become the second state government to adopt a state-wide Wood Encouragement Policy (WEP). A WEP requires responsibly sourced wood be considered, where feasible, as the primary construction material in all new-build and refurbishment projects. S
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UK powers up with renewables

According to a new report released by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), renewable sources of energy fuelled a record 33% of the UK’s electricity generation in 2018, which was up 3.8% from the previous year. Sources: Timberbiz, Forest2Market Total r
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PNG launches new National Forest Stewardship Standard

Papua New Guinea has launched version 2.0 of the National Forest Stewardship Standard. This version of the standard has been developed by a chamber-balanced technical committee, consisting of 12 national experts, and by using a multi-stakeholder process, including two rounds of public
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High spec high performance wooden electric motorcycle

Newron Motors plans to produce a high-end and high-performance wooden electric motorcycle that looks very ‘space age’ with a cylindrical battery at its heart. It is not the first e-bike but it is certainly one of the most aggressive designs and perhaps the only one made of wood. Sourc
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Be prepared for a tough bushfire season ahead

It may be chilly at the moment but Australians are being urged to work with their community, neighbours and friends to prepare for another tough bushfire season. Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said all parts of Australia were vulnerable becaus
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Scion’s new timber innovation hub on the rise

Scion’s new innovation hub in New Zealand is taking shape with the three-storey building rising up as the massive timber components, assembled into diagonal grids, are secured in place. Source: Timberbiz Ready-to-assemble diagrid components arrived on site 26 July 2019. A specialist t
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Tasmanian Timber Awards announced

Tasmanian timber is known as some of the best in the world and its forest management practices score highly, and so the industry was recognised at the inaugural Tasmanian Timber Awards in Launceston recently. Source: Timberbiz The 2019 Tasmanian Timber Awards saw 40 finalists across 1
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Revised Forestry Log Haulage Code available for comment

Following feedback on the Forestry Log Haulage Registered Code of Practice during December 2018 – March 2019 a revised draft (DRAFT Log Haulage Code August 2019) has been prepared. The revised Draft Log Haulage Code August 2019 has taken into consideration feedback and submissio
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New Zealand Log Exports Up 12% in 2018-19

New Zealand’s log exports totalled 22.364 million m3 in 2018-19, rising more than 2.4 million m3 (12.0%) to reach the new annual record. Chinese demand continued to drive exports, with shipments to China lifting 18.0% or 2.7 million m3 to 17.929 million m3 for the year. Source: Timber
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