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Latest timber industry news, updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

ARC timber design workshop

The ARC Future Timber Hub at The University of Queensland will hold its second Timber Design Continuing Professional Development course “Integrated Timber Design Workshop” at the university December 9 and 10. Source: Timberbiz The two-day workshop will cover integrated design of timbe
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Truck industry may dodge hike in taxes

The trucking industry may have dodged a tax hike bullet with State transport ministers appearing to soften on a proposed lift in trucking taxes. A ministerial council meeting to consider increasing road-user charges on heavy vehicle diesel use and registration will be held in Melbourn
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VicForest wants to help Vic business to adapt to no native timber

VicForests says it has met face-to-face with around 50 Victorian timber businesses since the Victorian government announced its plan to transition out of native timber after 2030. VicForests CEO Monique Dawson said VicForests is meeting with and talking to every part of Victoria’s tim
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Two events to take the fight to Dan Andrews

Two events have been organised to take the fight to the Victorian government over the banning of native logging. One is set for next Tuesday in Melbourne, the other is in early December and is a strategy meeting. Source: Timberbiz Next Tuesday 26 November a native forestry industry ra
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Gippsland fights for its future

Representatives from Gippsland’s native timber industry have agreed to fight for the future of the industry and are calling for an urgent meeting with the State Premier following a meeting in Bairnsdale this week with local, state and federal government representatives. Source: Timber
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Protecting forests against deforestation – does it pay?

Fires ravaging the Amazon rainforests and global climate strikes have highlighted the need for global action to mitigate climate change and conserve forests. Though the situation can seem dire at times, there is good news from a study published in the Proceedings of the National Acade
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CLT bucks trend in construction slowdown

Södra is adding another shift at its facility for cross-laminated timber in Värö and doubling capacity. Production commenced at the facility two months ago and the number of inquiries is continuously increasing according to the company. Source: Timberbiz “The industry has understood t
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Indian government scraps plan to militarize its forests

The Indian government has scrapped a plan to militarize its forests and open them up for commercial exploitation, after a national and international outcry. The government’s proposals were initially secret, and were drawn up with the involvement of the CEO of WWF-India, Ravi Singh. Bu
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NZ faces lower prices for forestry and logging

The forestry and logging industry is facing lower prices for their products, while sheep and beef farmers are getting higher prices for their stock, according to Stats NZ. Prices received for raw materials produced by the forestry and logging industry dropped in the September 2019 qua
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