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Latest timber industry news, updated on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Home building grant boosts Queensland industries

Queensland’s regional building industry is kicking off the New Year on a high note, with the Palaszczuk government confirming it has extended the Regional Home Building boost grant until 31 March 2021. Source: Timberbiz The expansion of the grant will see eligible new home buyers cont
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New project manager for Pilot NSW North East Hub

Dr Stephanie Hernandez has been appointed project manager for the pilot NSW North East Pilot Forestry Hub. Andrew Hurford from Hurford’s Hardwood at Lismore is inaugural president. Source: Timberbiz Dr Hernandez holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Master of Science from Jame
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WA 2021 harvest plan open for public comment

The indicative timber harvest plan for 2021 is now available for public comment. The plan has been prepared in accordance with the Forest Management Plan 2014–2023 (Conservation Commission) and in consultation with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. Source:
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CFA’s purpose-built rehab vehicle for firefighters

South West Victorian firefighters will have more support when fighting fires, with CFA welcoming a new rehab vehicle for District 5. The purpose-built truck includes crucial equipment such as cooling chairs and health monitoring systems to help the rehab team provide much-needed assis
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Queensland timber industry stung by China’s bite

Queensland’s $3.6bn timber industry is feeling the bite of Chinese trade sanctions with workers stood down and contractors racking up losses in the tens of millions of dollars. Source: Courier Mail Brisbane’s Courier Mail reported today China is virtually the only customer for Queensl
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A take on the UK situation; growth and profits

UK timber company Premier Forest Group is forecasting 20% growth in turnover and strong profits for its 2020/21 financial year, as a result of increased demand and product inflation. Source: Builders’ Merchants News The Chief Executive has praised the agility of his team to enable fur
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FSC Revised Policy for Association complaint procedures

The revised Policy for Association (PfA) complaint procedure, allowing for swifter processes and better outcomes for forests and people – will be tested in 2021.The updated procedure as approved by the FSC International Board of Directors introduces a variety of routes for resolving c
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Austria’s Pro Silva standards for forestry fire safety

In a region of Austria known as the wood quarter, a logger used a chainsaw to slice through the base of a 100-foot tall spruce tree on a recent foggy morning. Herbert Schmid, a forester, watched from a distance as the big spruce dropped to the forest floor. Schmid handpicked that part
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French expertise working with Scion on plant materials

Dr Claire Mayer is in New Zealand working on a two-year research program to explore the use of plant material in 4D printing. Source: Timberbiz Dr Mayer works for France’s National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAe) and was awarded a Marie Skłodowsk
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