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

Key forestry assets are critical infrastructure in bushfire emergencies

Key forestry assets such as the NSW Southwest Slopes’ softwood plantations, which support the biggest economic sector in the region, should be considered critical infrastructure when allocating firefighting and fire mitigation resources, the Royal Commission into Natural Disaster Arra
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Financial support missing in Victoria but it is vital for forestry

Timber industry peak bodies have urged the Victorian Government to urgently intervene to save the Victoria’s native timber industry following the extension of an injunction preventing timber harvesting in 13 coupes. Source: Timberbiz The Supreme Court’s decision is the latest setback
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Forestry Corp NSW to get $46m for recovery

Forestry Corporation of NSW will receive $46 million from the New South Wales Government to assist the State’s forest industries to recover from the recent bushfires and now the Covid-19 virus. The injection of funds is part of the NSW government’s $2.3 billion coronavirus stimulus pa
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Daily Timber News is committed to communication in an era of COVID-19

A number of substantial challenges confront the timber industry in Australia and in New Zealand. Daily Timber News, and Timberbiz, have been challenged in covering the Victorian Native Timber decision, the State Environmental Planning Policy (Koala Habitat Protection) issue in New Sou
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In the North America COVID-19 is slowing business and halting conferences

Joining previous declarations from National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association and the National Retail Hardware Association, the Midwest Building Suppliers Association has petitioned governors in Indiana and Michigan to classify lumber and building materials providers as
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European paper and board concerned about border controls

Continued cross-border and intra-country movement of paper & board packaging is essential for the continued safe distribution of food and pharmaceutical packaging during the COVID-19 crisis according to European paper and board converter associations. Source: Timberbiz The undersi
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Sumitomo Forestry to build apartments in Texas

Sumitomo Forestry announced that it is to embark jointly with NTT Urban Development Corporation on a project worth a gross investment of approximately US$114 million to develop high-rise luxury apartments in Dallas, Texas, United States, with completion targeted for May 2022. Source:
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Building 4.0 collaboration to remove waste

Reducing waste, delays and emissions from building projects is the focus of a collaborative initiative between 30 industry partners that received $28 million from the Australian Government. Source: Timberbiz Monash University, Lendlease, The University of Melbourne, Donovan Group, Blu
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PEFC guidance for auditing affected by COVID-19

Responsible Wood has issued PEFC’s guidance for chain of custody auditing of PEFC certified companies affected by restrictions due to COVID-19. The organisation says that due to the spread of COVID-19 worldwide, travel and medical restrictions are affecting auditing activities. Source
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