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Latest timber industry news, updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Royal Commission on bushfires – bring it on

Plans by Prime Minister Scott Morrison to take a proposal to Cabinet to establish a royal commission into the current catastrophic bushfires have been generally welcomed by the timber industry. Source: Timberbiz Climate change, and how to better prepare and adapt for the “new normal” 
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Bushfires update – cooler, wetter weather on the horizon

Firefighters in Eastern Australia are capitalising on calmer weather conditions forecast for the rest of this week with authorities still unable to accurately assess the damage to harvestable timber stocks. Source: Timberbiz In Victoria, where fires have burned an estimated 1.2 millio
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Report notes shifts in wood fibre market

As global consumer trends and demands continue to shift at an escalating pace, a new Forest2Market report shows that both structural and temporal market shifts in recent decades have impacted the markets for wood fibre residuals. The report, Changes in the Residual Wood Fiber Market 2
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John Deere at Las Vegas exhibition

John Deere will be exhibiting at CONEXPO-CON/AGG in March 2020. Encompassing 70,000 square feet, the John Deere Enterprise booth area will include locations for the Construction & Forestry Division and the Wirtgen Group. Source: Timberbiz The exhibit will have 250 product experts
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Use of mass timber grows in US

Mass timber construction continues to expand across the United States. While mass timber projects continue to see a heavier concentration in California, Washington, Oregon, Florida, and Texas, WoodWorks is now tracking 664 mass timber projects in design or construction across the Unit
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Sumitomo Forestry buys into WA housing market

Sumitomo Forestry has entered into an agreement to acquire a 51% stake in Scott Park Group, a company that operates a custom-built housing business in Western Australia. The acquisition was made through its wholly owned Australian subsidiary, Sumitomo Forestry Australia Pty Ltd. Sourc
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Building approvals increase mainly due to NSW

Building approvals in November reached their highest level since March 2019, up by 11.8 % due predominantly to a surge in approvals in New South Wales according to HIA Economist Tom Devitt. The Australian Bureau of Statistics released its monthly building approvals data covering all s
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Eden mill closed with job losses and environmentalists celebrate

The largest employer in the NSW coastal town of Eden will remain closed for the foreseeable future after bushfire embers set the town’s woodchip mill and sawmill alight. Firefighters managed to contain the bushfires threatening the town last Saturday night, but a 100,000 tonne w
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NZ battles its own blaze but sends more fire fighters to Australia

In New Zealand 55 Fire and Emergency firefighters plus support staff and Pan Pac and Forest Management New Zealand fire staff are into their ninth day of fighting a blaze at Hawke’s Bay. Despite their own problems the country has sent a further 21 NZ fire fighters to Australia to help
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