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Latest timber industry news, updated on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Code breaker: Blackwood pressures D’Ambrosio to release the timber review

The refusal of the Environment Minister, Lily D’Ambrosio, to release the promised changes to Victoria’s code of forestry practice is threatening the survival of several Gippsland timber businesses, according to Narracan MP Gary Blackwood. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz Mr Blackw
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Opinion SETA: forest health funding focus should be on causes not management

Over the past 5 years, the NSW government has committed millions of dollars to fire and recently $1.2 million to ecological research. Much of the fire research funding has been used to justify operational fire management policy, that fails to facilitate greatly increased levels of bus
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Friday analysis: D’Ambrosio’s forestry review is missing in action

There is an old saying, particularly in political circles, that no review or inquiry should be commissioned unless the result is known in advance. This is because, all too often, many reviews or inquiries are held to justify the position held by the commissioning authority. Source: Br
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Tesla electric trucks for log hauling in Canada

Mosaic Forest Management in partnership with local Vancouver Island service provider, EcoWest Driven, will introduce several Tesla electric semi-trucks into log hauling. Source: Timberbiz According to Mosaic, the BC forest sector has a significant role to play in addressing climate ch
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Protesters ignore Canadian court and set up new blockade

Last week we reported on an 8-month long blockade in Canada against logging company Teal Jones Group now the protesters have set up a new blockade over the Easter weekend after the BC Supreme Court granted Teal Jones an injunction that would allow the arrest and removal of protesters.
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Komatsu chases 20% of global forestry equipment market

Japanese equipment maker Komatsu hopes to generate 140 billion yen (US$1.27 billion) in revenue from forest machinery after four years, which would mark a 40% increase, due to robust housing and material demand. Source: Nikkei Asia Komatsu intends to fulfill its goal by offering a str
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Construction productivity is falling despite advancing technologies

  Construction productivity has been an ongoing issue in the building industry for the last three decades. And research shows that despite advancing technologies, productivity is actually falling. Source: Timberbiz Over the past 10 years, timber has emerged as a viable complement
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Victoria’s largest mass timber project for students

Multiplex has completed La Trobe University’s new student accommodation project at its Bundoora campus, delivering Victoria’s largest mass timber project with almost the entire structure utilising cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam beams and columns. Source: Timberbiz The new stu
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Forico’s 2.3m tonne carbon capture a reminder of the advantages of wood

Tasmania’s largest private forest manager, Forico, has released its annual carbon capture statistics, boasting an absorption of 2.3 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent for the past financial year. Source: Timberbiz This equates to the CO2 emissions from half a million cars driven on our
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