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Latest timber industry news, updated Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The timber seats to watch

While the recent media focus has been the ongoing discussion over the future of the Tasmanian forest industry, National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI) has also identified several marginal Lower House seats that will play a strong role in the race for the Lodge in 2010 in main
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ForestrySA welcomes new Enterprise Agreement

ForestrySA has welcomed the news that its employees have voted in favour of the new Enterprise Agreement.
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Industry Hardwood Workshop

To rally the industry and map out the future, Timber Queensland is holding a one–day workshop “The future of Queensland Hardwoods, aligning growth, processing and sales for success” at The Pavilion Conference Centre, Gympie on 20 August.
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Do your workers speak up about safety?

WorkSafe and the Supply Chain Industry Alliance have joined forces to create a series of resources that encourage workers to speak up about safety. The idea is that a workplace can use the resources to create their own ‘speak up’ campaign.
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Farmers to benefit from white paper actions

Victoria’s farming and forestry industries will be able to play a major role in tackling climate change through the establishment of the Victorian Carbon Exchange, Premier John Brumby announced on Monday.
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National Management Group agrees to Myrtle rust interim response plan

The National Management Group has agreed to an interim response plan to continue to suppress Uredo rangelii (Myrtle rust) with a view to the eradication of the disease.
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New England pine destined for China

China has become a new market for pine logs from Walcha and Nundle, Minister for Forest Resources Paul McLeay said. “We have recently signed a contract worth $11.5 million with exporters MTX Australia for logs from Pinus Radiata plantations in the Walcha and Nundle area,” Mr McLeay sa
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Armidale State Forest work nearly complete

Forests NSW and the Armidale Pine Forest Committee are on track to close the Armidale State Forest to vehicles from August 1.
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Exports of lumber and logs from New Zealand on pace to reach a record in 2010, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly

NEW ZEALAND’S exports of pine logs and lumber increased substantially during the first months of 2010. Unfortunately for the manufacturing sector, log exports have increased much faster than the exports of manufactured products.
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