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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

VicForests fires back at fire management

An opinion piece in The Age (13/11/2017) ‘Mature trees at the root of forest fire management’ re-hashes claims that timber harvesting increases risk during a major bushfire. Source: Timberbiz A study undertaken by the University of Melbourne (Attiwill et al, 2013), in conjunction with
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Push for wooden buildings to outlive earthquakes

Jon Tanner, chief executive of the Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association says a wooden building weighs less than a steel concrete structure with obvious benefits in both construction and resilience in an earthquake. Source: Stuff NZ After all it is standard for aircraft compon
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MobileTECH in March

In just under two months, Rotorua will be playing host to nearly 300 industry representatives from throughout the primary industries sector when MobileTECH arrives. Source: Timberbiz MobileTECH 2017 is a major industry conference focusing on new technologies and innovations designed a
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New Deputy MD at HIA

The Housing Industry Association has appointed Graham Wolfe as Deputy Managing Director. Source: Timberbiz “The position of Deputy Managing Director is a new role within the Association,” said HIA’s Managing Director, Shane Goodwin. “This new position reflects the rapidly evolving, dy
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Heyfield Mill not the only one in trouble

Australian Sustainable Hardwoods is not the only local business sweating on a new long-term supply deal for the Heyfield sawmill. Source: Latrobe Valley Express Morwell-based operation Fisher’s Timber Preservation receives 40% of its business treating ASH product and is at risk of clo
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Alternate facts of VicForests timber supply

The state-owned company wants to halve the timber supply for Australia’s largest hardwood mill despite admitting a huge amount of forest is still available for commercial use. Source: The Advertiser The former chief executive of VicForests, Robert Green, told a meeting of the state’s 
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Tall timber buildings becoming the norm

Australia’s largest timber building will call Brisbane home in a deal worth $140 million between developer Lendlease and the Liberman family-backed Impact Investment Group. Sources: Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review Known as 5 King, the property will be one the final
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Free Native Forest Management Field Day

On Saturday February 18, the Private Forestry Service Queensland (PFSQ) is holding an on-location event to look at the impacts of thinning of forest health, productivity, economic returns and grazing. Source: Timberbiz The event to be held on Warren Tobin’s property near Gin Gin will
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VAFI and AFPA welcome RFA in Gippsland

The Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI), has welcomed the extension of the East Gippsland Regional Forest Agreement as has the Australian Forest Products Association. Source: Timberbiz The East Gippsland RFA amendment for the extension was signed by the Prime Minister, t
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