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China baby boom a blessing for NZ forest growers

China's auspicious Year of the Dragon has proved particularly fortuitous for New Zealand's forestry industry as a Chinese baby boom fuels demand for high quality knot-free wood, according to an industry leader. Source: Timberbiz
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ForestrySA’s Second Valley Forest Reserve benefits from Commonwealth Funding

The mystery of the Southern brown bandicoot in one of ForestrySA’s native forest reserves within Second Valley Forest Reserve may be solved soon thanks to help from grant funding received from the Australian Government. ForestrySA has now received $600,000 over six years through the C
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Gunns hit with $42m tax bill

STRUGGLING Tasmanian forestry group Gunns has been hit with a tax bill of $42.5 million over a 2007 deal involving its woodchipping equipment. Source: Brisbane Times
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World first biomass to diesel plant

A new pilot plant heralded as “the world’s first direct solid biomass-into-diesel fuel operation” has opened onsite at an ONV refinery in Schwechat, Austria. Source: Bioenergy News
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China calls for countries to accept its certification

Representatives from the State Forestry Administration of China (SFA) called on countries worldwide to adopt China Forest Certification Council (CFCC) certified products in their national procurement policies. Source: Financial Post
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Plastic forest in Broken Hill

Residents of Broken Hill woke to a surprise this week, with a Lego forest blooming from the red soil overnight to create a colourful contrast against the vibrant desert landscape. Source: The Australian
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Gunns mine restoration no go

Local businessmen have given up on the restoration of a former Gunns timber mill in Collie, Western Australia, which was closed in 2007. Source: Collie Mail
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WA forests to protect Aboriginal heritage

Traditional owners of south-west forests will meet staff from the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) to discuss ways of protecting the cultural values of Western Australian forests. Source: ABC News
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Buildings on the rise

Building approvals were strong in May 2012, in a rare piece of positive news for the new home building sector, said the Housing Industry Association, the voice of Australia’s residential building industry. Source: Timberbiz
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