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

Pamela Bell new chief executive of NZ Institute of Building

The New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) has appointed Pamela Bell as its new Chief Executive. Ms Bell was the founder and former chief executive of PrefabNZ (now OffsiteNZ) and is a leading advocate for sustainable, innovative building methods. Source: Timberbiz Ms Bell started
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Guides to help assess and repair flood damaged timber

Following the disastrous floods in New South Wales and Queensland there is a need to assess and repair flood damaged timber as the states rebuild, various guides have been developed to help. Source: Timberbiz The Guide to Assessment and Repair of Flood Damaged Timber and Timber Framed
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Finalists announced for the John Deere technician awards

John Deere Australian Construction and Forestry Service Technician Award finalists have been announced. John Deere Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Luke Chandler, offered his congratulations to the four Australian finalists: Peter Roughley, RDO Equipment, Eastern Creek; Sc
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South Pine workers strike for a living wage in Nelson

Workers at a South Pine in Nelson, a timber processing plant, made the snap decision to strike to fight for decent pay that is locally competitive and will attract and retain staff at the sawmill. Source: Timberbiz Around 60 E tū and FIRST Union members are striking in a bid to secure
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Petition in Victoria to push to meet fuel reduction targets

The Gippsland-based Howitt Society has launched a parliamentary e-petition calling on the Andrews Government to increase its annual bushfire fuel reduction targets. Source: Timberbiz The petition comes after the Andrews Government turned its back on the Bushfire Royal Commission targe
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New Resources Minister for Tasmania

Bradon MP Felix Ellis has been appointed Tasmania’s new Resources Minister replacing Guy Barnett. The Cabinet reshuffle follows the resignation of Police Minister Jacquie Petrusma. Mr Ellis, who joins cabinet for the first time, will also hold the Police, Fire and Emergency Mana
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Risks of firefighting brought to light by WHO

New research by the World Health Organisation shows that firefighting is a cancer-causing profession. And Victorian Forest Products Association CEO Deb Kerr believes this is further evidence that not only are we dealing with more frequent bushfires, but there is also increased risk to
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UK market statement on supply, demand and price trends in 2022

Timber Development UK has released its latest quarterly market statement which outlines the supply, demand and price trends seen in early 2022. Source: Timberbiz The market statement provides a detailed analysis of the first quarter of 2022, looking at import and price statistics as w
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Emergency called on giant sequoias

The US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service is initiating emergency fuels reduction treatments to provide for the long-term survival of giant sequoia groves against immediate wildfire threats. Source: Timberbiz These actions make use of the agency’s existing authorities under th
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