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

More information on peace deal funds

Tasmanian's Economic Development Minister has given more detail about which projects will get a share of forest peace deal funding, amid claims the process is flawed. Sources: ABC News, The Examiner
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Biomass plant for Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier forestry consultant Jerry Leech has backed calls for the production of biomass electricity in the region following a push by prominent businessman Adrian de Bruin. Source: The Border Watch
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Gunns receivers interested in Scottsdale mill site

Receivers for Gunns said they are keen for further talks with a Dorset industries group about buying the 34-hectare Ling Siding sawmill site at Scottsdale. Source: The Examiner
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Scottsdale mills close Branxholm invests

The closure of Scottsdale, Tasmania’s two softwood sawmills has cleared the way for the Branxholm mill to invest in further processing pine. Source: ABC Rural
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Government to split Forestry Tasmania

The State Opposition will vote against a plan to overhaul the management of Tasmania's reserve system. Source: ABC News
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Burning Indonesia for timber and palm oil

The illegal burning of land to make way for new plantings of pulp timber and palm oil trees is a regular occurrence on Indonesia's Sumatra Island, where many of the lucrative crops are grown. Source: Australia Network News
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Indonesian project to restore forests axed

Australia has dropped a project in Indonesia to restore and protect forests and peatland in Kalimantan worth A$47 million after it previously axed a $30 million project to protect forests in Sumatra for the carbon dioxide they store. Source: Jakarta Post
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TFS sandalwood operations profitable

TFS Corporation Ltd owner and manager of Indian sandalwood plantations in northern Australia announced its earning outlook to the Australian Stock Exchange. Source: Timberbiz
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Record high log exports in Portland

The number of softwood logs leaving the Port of Portland has escalated to record highs due to the downturn in the domestic housing timber market. Source: The Border Watch
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