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Latest timber industry news, updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Australian foresters let down by Government

The Institute of Foresters of Australia President, Dr Peter Volker, said that the forestry profession feels let down by the Australian Government not being represented at the World Forestry Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Committees maintain volunteer voices

In Victoria’s South West Area, CFA volunteers are working closely with newly established Municipal Fire Management Planning Committees (MFMPCs) to plan and manage fire across prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.
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National bushfire summit urgently needed

Pressure is being brought to bear on the Federal Government to hold a national bushfire summit “as a matter of national security”.
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Fire danger rating changed

The Bureau of Meteorology is changing the way fire danger is rated within its weather forecasts and warnings.
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Innovation needed to boost woodcraft sector

A review of Tasmania’s woodcraft sector has found that more than 2000 people are employed in the State’s special species timber and woodcraft sector, while a further 8500 participate in woodcraft activity as a hobby or on a limited commercial scale. In addition to its contribution to
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Illegally felled trees pose danger to all

People illegally cutting down trees in State forest reserves are unnecessarily risking lives and adding to the escalating levels of damage occurring in state parks and conservation areas throughout Tasmania.
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All aspects of bioenergy under the microscope

Australia’s premier bioenergy conference, Bioenergy Australia 2009, will be held at the Radisson Gold Coast, Queensland on 9 - 10 December, with a technical tour on 8 December.
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VAFI appoints new communications chief

After almost two years as the communications manager for the Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI), John Liston has packed his bags and is heading off to tackle new and exciting challenges in the United Kingdom.
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Conference to address the future of jobs in forestry

This year's Forest Industries Conference is setting its attention on innovation, investment and jobs. Michael Hartman, chief executive officer of ForestWorks, said that with the impact of the global economic recession being felt in the forest, wood, paper and timber products industry,
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