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Latest timber industry news, updated Tuesdays and Thursdays.

McKay okay: A mill, a will and a way

By Steve Holland Down but not out, McKay Timber - the largest family-owned sawmilling business in Tasmania’s south - is back online.
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Government urged to retain support for biofuels

The Bioenergy Association of New Zealand (BANZ) says that it is urging the Government to renew its commitment to supporting biofuels as a way of providing the nation’s transport fleet with alternative energy supplies and maintaining New Zealand’s adherence to a low carbon environment.
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New Forests announces launch of forest carbon partners: investment fund to supply Californian carbon market

Sydney-based New Forests Inc. has announced the launch of Forest Carbon Partners, L.P. – an investment vehicle for California-compliant forest carbon offset projects – and the close of the fund’s first two transactions.
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Information sessions on illegal logging bill

The Australian Government will be holding public information sessions around the country to inform industry and other interested parties on the Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill 2011 that was introduced into Parliament on 23 November 2011.
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Planet Ark announces winners of national ‘Snap Some Wood’ photo competition

Photographs of a former asylum in Queensland, a picturesque jetty in Albany and a magical Tasmanian gorge have been named winners of Planet Ark’s national photography competition ‘Snap Some Wood’.
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Australian and world record holder will inspire at AUSTimber Welcome Function charity auction

AUSTimber 2012 organisers are excited to announce that Michael Milton – world and Australian record holder, Australia’s fastest skier ever, cyclist, trekker, triathlete, Paralympian, Olympian - will be the speaker for the AUSTimber Welcome Function charity auction on 29 March.
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Exit packages for 61 in the forestry and timber industry

The Tasmanian Forest Contractors Association has welcomed the announcement by Federal Minister Senator Joe Ludwig of the completion of the assessment and approval of 61 successful applicants under the IGA Contractor Exit Assistance Program. Successful applicants can expect to be made
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Time for Premier Giddings to stand up to Nick McKim

The Tasmanian Premier must not allow Nick McKim as a member of her cabinet go overseas on a mission to destroy Tasmania's reputation.
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Moderation needed in forest debate

Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings has called for moderation and calm from all parties involved in the forest debate. She said compromise and goodwill were needed to allow for a resolution that ensures the industry can remain on a sustainable footing while delivering improved environment
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