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Fortec companies report market plateau after strong rise

At the autumn meeting of the Swedish forestry export cooperation association Fortec, member companies agreed that the market for forest equipment suppliers is now somewhat tentative and has levelled off after rising strongly. The development and sales of environmentally related techno
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Rate cut sends right message, says HIA

The decision by the Reserve Bank Board to cut interest rates for a second consecutive month sends a positive message to households and businesses says the Housing Industry Association (HIA), the voice of Australia’s residential building industry. “Global uncertainty remains rife and t
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Time to stand up for Australia’s forestry industries

“There has never been a more important time for us to stand up and demonstrate support for Australia’s forestry industries,” said Senator Richard Colbeck when he launched an online petition - http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/supporting_australian_forest_industries/ - to highlight th
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Forest sale protest gathers momentum

Widespread support is growing for tomorrow’s rally against the forward sale of the Forestry SA’s pine plantations. Individuals, unions, big and small businesses, are all focused on sending a strong message to the State Government not to sell. The rally will assemble at Vansittart Par
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Mass rally planned for the heart of Mount Gambier

A mass rally led by three of the region’s Mayors will march through the heart of Mount Gambier this week to reinforce the message to the State Government that the South East isn’t giving up on the fight to save its forests. The action has been prompted by the announcement that new Sou
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Forestry-inspired art

ForestrySA’s Artists in Residence program has kicked off with the selection of six artists from across the State. The program, organised in conjunction with Mount Gambier’s Riddoch Art Gallery, provides participants with the opportunity to develop new work by taking inspiration from t
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Can the real Labor wood waste policy please stand up?

Federal Labor must decide where it stands on the use of native wood waste as a renewable energy source, according to Coalition Forestry spokesman Senator Richard Colbeck. “Labor has sent utterly contradictory messages to industry. In the same week Labor MPs chaired and endorsed a parl
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WorkCover to target safety in wood component manufacturing industry

WorkCover NSW has announced a new project to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses and improve injury management in the wood component manufacturing industry after it was identified among the State’s highest risk industries. The Wooden Structural Component Manufacturing Project is
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Forest Industry Council Scholarships

The Forest Industry Council (FIC) in Tumut NSW is again offering two scholarships for students eager to further their studies in forestry. The Council was formed in 1981 as a platform for industry to advance the stability and prosperity of the forest industry throughout the Southern
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