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Latest timber industry news, updated Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Land reforms will be the ultimate test

Foresters are used to facing challenges, from pests and diseases attacking their trees to climate change and rising fuel prices, cheaper imports and falling commodity prices, steep slopes and environmental lobby groups trying to shut them down, yet they always find a way to adapt, per
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Planning, building and climate change

What are the latest trends in low-energy housing construction? How is drought affecting engineering and building practises? What are the planning implications of climate change for Melbourne and Victoria?
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Bioenergy conference scheduled for December

Bioenergy Australia will be holding its annual conference in Melbourne on 8-9 December, with a technical tour to bioenergy-related destinations on the following day.
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Get in now to join Victoria’s fire fight

A new campaign has begun to recruit more than 500 people for Victoria’s bushfire fighting force, by becoming Project Firefighters (PFFs).
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Wormald a leader in new Standard compliance

Wormald, a leading provider of fire protection solutions, has become one of the first companies in Australia with a vehicle fire suppression system to comply with Australian Standard AS 062-2006: Fire protection for mobile and transportable equipment.
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Have you got the energy to do something?

More than 100 entrants have registered for the Warren Centre’s National Energy Essay Competition. Entrants are invited to present innovative solutions to Australia’s energy needs, which are forecast to grow by up to 50% over the next 20 years.
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Design awards attract nation-wide interest

The use of wood veneers is again expected to be prominent in the 2008 Australian Timber Design Awards. Entries for the prestigious awards close on 29 August, with winners to be announced on 29 November.
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Park expansion seen as ‘move to appease the green’

The Brumby Government has introduced legislation to significantly enhance Victoria’s National Parks and reserves system but in some quarters it is seen mainly as a move to appease some of the Government’s greener friends.
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Symposium to look at all aspects of industry

International forester Clark Binkley will be the keynote speaker at VicForests’ third Windows on Wood Symposium. The symposium, themed Skills: Training: Viability – Working for our Future, will be held on 2 September at the RACV Club in Melbourne.
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