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Latest timber industry news, updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

AFS seminars for Brisbane and Melbourne

Australian Sustainable Forest Certification Scheme Seminars will be held in Brisbane and Melbourne in October to provide a general introduction to forest management and chain of custody. Source: Timberbiz
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Queensland budget shines light on Forestry

Agriculture’s future as one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy has been secured in the Newman Government’s first Budget. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh said $442.4 million would be invested into the now stand-alone department. Source: My Sunsh
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Agriculture’s future as one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy has been secured in the Newman Government’s first Budget. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh said $442.4 million would be invested into the now stand-alone department. Source: My Sunsh
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Kauri is commercially viable

Scion researcher Greg Steward said that he believes it is possible to grow kauri as an economic commercial timber in New Zealand. He said that the widely held view that kauri grows too slowly to be economically viable for commercial forestry is incorrect. Source: The Northern Advocate
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Electrocution as a log treatment

The University of Canterbury (NZ) researchers have made a breakthrough in treating logs by heating them using high voltage electricity. Export logs are usually fumigated to rid the timber of pests, such as insects and fungi, which could pose a biosecurity threat. Source: The Star (NZ)
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Japan’s lone pine felled for posterity

Japan's "miracle" lone pine tree, a symbol of hope after last year's horrendous tsunami was felled and delivered to a lumber mill in Yatomi, Aichi Prefecture. The company will start treating the trunk as part of preservation efforts. Source: Asahi Shimbun
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Indonesia wants Australia to drop timber bill

Indonesia has amplified its call for Australia to drop attempts at imposing restrictions on timber imports. Denny Lesmana, First Secretary for Economic Affairs at Indonesia’s embassy in Canberra, said he lamented Australia’s refusal to postpone the landmark timber trade bill. Sources:
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PFSQ annual general meeting

The Private Forestry Service Queensland (PFSQ) annual general meeting will be held at the Woodworks Museum & Interpretive Centre, 8 Fraser Road, Gympie, Queensland, on 26 September. Source: Timberbiz
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Government says Carter Holt Harvey is ‘using’ workers

The South Australian Government will not keep "slinging money" to timber company Carter Holt Harvey according to Premier Jay Weatherill who accused the timber company of using its workers to try to "extract enormous amounts of money" from South Australia's taxpayers. Source: Adelaide
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