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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

Forestry NSW donates home grown food for Koalas

Two thousand eucalyptus seedlings grown at Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Grafton production nursery have been donated to Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, where they will help to expand a new feed tree plantation established to supply leaves to feed the koalas in care. Source: Macquarie
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Essential oils win Scion wood award

Otago-based ForestPlus Oils has received accolades at the New Zealand Wood Resene Timber Design Awards for its essential oil distilled from Douglas fir trees. Source: Otago Daily Times The company was the winner of the Scion-sponsored novel application of (wood) fibre category at the
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Kauri disappearing

Lawmakers have called for a ban on the “mining” of an ancient New Zealand timber resource after a government report showed that half of it might have already disappeared. Source: Xinhuanet The report showed that an estimated 30% to 50% of swamp kauri logs – massive l
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Forestry Tas 230 regeneration burns in autumn

Forestry Tasmania has announced about 230 regeneration burns are planned in harvested coupes this autumn. Source: The Mercury The state-owned forest manager said it would “soon begin” its annual planned burns program. In addition to the 230 regeneration burns, which range in size from
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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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