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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

Abolishing 457 visa program

Businesses fear abolishing the 457 visa program will make it harder to bring in some types of workers they say are as “rare as hen’s teeth” in WA.  Source: The West While unions complained the changes did not go far enough, the business community was apprehensive about axing a program
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Tas sawmillers also oppose forestry bill

The Tasmanian Sawmillers Association has added its name to a list of those opposed to the State Government’s plans to open 356,000 hectares of wilderness to logging. Source: The Mercury Association director Robert Torenius briefed the Legislative Council before MLCs were due to begin
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Gas crisis hits forestry

Gas contract swaps must be facilitated and implemented urgently to prevent the national gas crisis from causing widespread collapses across manufacturing. Source: Timberbiz Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) CEO Mr Ross Hampton called on the Federal government to fully expl
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SA survey to highlight road transport issues

Primary producers across South Australia are encouraged to take part in a survey to highlight road transport issues as part of the second stage of the 90-day [email protected] Transport Project. Source: Port Lincoln Times The project is a collaboration between Primary Producers SA, Primary In
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No longer a paper tiger

The decision by Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Craig Laundy to accept the Anti-Dumping Commission’s findings that companies in China, Indonesia, Brazil and Thailand exported dumped A4 copy paper into Australia is big win for fair trade and an important step to
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Shake Rattle & Roll for timber building

Dr Minghao Li, of the University of Canterbury, has built a replica of a four-storey building out of cheap materials and shaken it to see what happens. Source: Stuff NZ University of Canterbury structural timber engineer Dr Minghao Li wants to find cheaper ways to build earthquake-res
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40 pieces of timber

Furniture maker Rod Devries was a happy man after securing 40 historic pieces of timber from a demolished Orange building at auction. Source: Central Western Daily Mr Devries bought the large ironbark hardwood logs at $700 each. “I’ll be making furniture out of them,” he said. Mr Devr
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Gippsland to get a new radial timber mill

A new state-of-the-art radial timber mill will be opening in Gippsland this month and is set to boost both productivity for the mill and jobs for the region. Source: Timberbiz Chris McEvoy, managing director of Radial Timber Australia said that the new mill opening in Yarram is a firs
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Australians stand up for forestry

Why do we refuse to understand that sometimes we are best placed to handle sensitive issues? Why can’t we accept that we do it better, that we care, that we are responsible. In particular, on the issues of forestry logging and live animal exports. Source: Herald Sun We appear hellbent
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