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Latest timber industry news, updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Can the real Labor wood waste policy please stand up?

Federal Labor must decide where it stands on the use of native wood waste as a renewable energy source, according to Coalition Forestry spokesman Senator Richard Colbeck. “Labor has sent utterly contradictory messages to industry. In the same week Labor MPs chaired and endorsed a parl
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WorkCover to target safety in wood component manufacturing industry

WorkCover NSW has announced a new project to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses and improve injury management in the wood component manufacturing industry after it was identified among the State’s highest risk industries. The Wooden Structural Component Manufacturing Project is
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Forest Industry Council Scholarships

The Forest Industry Council (FIC) in Tumut NSW is again offering two scholarships for students eager to further their studies in forestry. The Council was formed in 1981 as a platform for industry to advance the stability and prosperity of the forest industry throughout the Southern
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In memory of Fred Green of Greenfreight Transport

Fred Green, who would have been known to many people in the forestry and timber industry through his association with the Greenfreight transport company, passed away on 18 November. Fred, one of many distinguished members of the Australian Contractors Hall of Fame, had a long and suc
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Forestry Tasmania integral to timber industry’s future

The Minister for Energy and Resources Bryan Green believes Forestry Tasmania is an important part of the State’s timber industry and a strategic review of the business will help ensure it adapts to future challenges. “Forestry Tasmania has not been immune to the affects of changes in
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MDBA Plan unfairly targets plantation forestry

The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) proposed plan for the Basin unfairly targets plantation forestry, threatening a vital rural and regional industry, according to the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA). AFPA Chief Executive David Pollard said the plantation industr
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Over $150,000 now available through FWPA Scholarships program

Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) is offering a number of opportunities to students to support their studies in the forest and wood products sector in 2012. These programs have been developed as part of FWPA’s commitment to building skills capacity to promote careers in the fo
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Decision support tools profiled for Australian foresters

As well as the very latest data collection, mapping and inventory tools that have already been detailed in a previous update, forest management and estate planning have also been added to this year’s ForestTECH 2011 series. Like remote sensing, foresters involved in the design of this
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Recommended closure of Norske Skog Follum

Norske Skog's corporate management recommends to the board of directors to maintain full operations at the mills in Skogn and Halden for the time being, but to close down production at Norske Skog Follum. Management's plan means that production at Follum will cease no later than 31 Ma
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