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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

Are Tiwi plantations in trouble

The forestry operation that Tiwi Islanders have hoped for six decades would lift their communities out of poverty has denied it is about to collapse because it is unable to repay its debts. Source: ABC News Tiwi families on the islands, 70 kilometres north of Darwin, have supported th
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Kangaroo Island Timbers in midst of department dispute

Underwater drilling has been halted off Kangaroo Island, prompting a dispute involving two government departments and the country’s largest abalone farm over whether the appropriate approvals had been given to the company carrying out the activity. Sources: ABC News, Timberbiz K
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FIAT will not support Tas Liberals

Tasmania’s Resources Minister says the Liberals’ forestry legislation is squarely focused on the public interest, following the rejection of the plan by the peak body for the forest industry. Source: The Mercury The Forest Industries Association of Tasmania says it cannot support the
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Heyfield workers march in Melbourne

Workers from the Heyfield sawmill in Gippsland gathered in Melbourne, arguing their industry is sustainable and urging the Victorian Government to increase the amount of timber supplied. Source: ABC News The sawmill is facing closure as negotiations for timber supplies have stalled be
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VicForests fences Strathbogies forest to protect seedlings

A fence is being placed around a harvested area in the Strathbogies State forest to protect the newly planted seedlings from being eaten by wild deer. Source: Timberbiz Lachlan Spencer, VicForests General Manager Stakeholders and Planning said that it is expected that the fence will r
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New Volvo CE business director for Oceania

James Kennedy has been appointed Business Director for Volvo Construction Equipment in Oceania. He will be based in Perth, Western Australia. Source: Timberbiz Together with Volvo CE’s distribution partners CJD, Transdiesel and Cipac he will be responsible for driving and developing V
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Wood pellet energy snubbed here goes to Japan

While the federal government ponders subsidies to “clean up” coal, one Australian firm plans to spend $130 million to export a cleaner coal solution to Japan, after being snubbed domestically. Source: The Australian Global forest manager New Forests and its Tasmanian subsidiary Forico
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Amazon Rainforest – a garden that got out of hand

Scientists have worked out how the mysterious Amazon Rainforest began 8000 years ago. Turns out it was a simple gardening experiment that got way out of hand. Source: The Sun Secrets of the Amazon — including uncontracted tribes — remain more than 10,000 years after the first ancient
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Teen on track to plant a trillion trees

Children are not often invited to speak to the United Nations General Assembly. But there stood Felix Finkbeiner, German wunderkind in his Harry Potter spectacles, gray hoodie, and mop-top haircut—with a somber question about climate change. Source: National Geographic “We children kn
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