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

Increased penalties for Forests NSW “unjustifiable”

Luke Foley seems to have missed the boat with his claim for increased penalties for Forests NSW operations, according to the NSW Forest Products Association. “It was his government that made the regulations and set the penalties. They spent billions of dollars reserving forests and pu
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Sawmills in China: a $9 billion industry?

The main drivers for the sawmill industry in China are the country’s rapid urbanisation, transportation construction, the development of the real estate market and increasing purchasing power for high-quality wood furniture. Over the next five years, the Chinese government will
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Green groups’ peace offer not genuine

GREEN groups have offered to suspend their market-based campaign against Tasmanian veneer maker Ta Ann for a month to give forest “peace talks” a chance but the move has raised the ire of Coalition Forestry Spokesman Richard Colbeck. “The conditional nature of the protest
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High praise for the forest and timber industry feature event

“I’ve been involved in events like this for many years, all over the world and AUSTimber 2012 is the best I have experienced.” That quote from Robert Sanders, Market Development Engineer/Demo Operator, Caterpillar, summed it all up for the four-yearly feature event for the forest and
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Forestry future in South East

Conditions recommended by South-East industry and community leaders to protect the long-term future of the region’s forestry industry will be incorporated in the contract of the forward sale of the forest rotations of the Green Triangle, according to the South Australian Government. I
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Green calls for ‘different approach’ to stop forest conflict

Tasmania’s Deputy Premier has called for a ‘different approach’ and appealed to all Tasmanian’s to focus on how to resolve conflict over forestry in the state. “Forestry has been the source of conflict and pain for many Tasmanians over the past three decades,” Deputy Premier Bryan Gre
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Institute seeking new chief executive officer

THE INSTITUTE of Foresters of Australia (IFA) is advertising for a new chief executive officer to replace Cassandra Spencer who is leaving to further her career in a different field. Cassandra has been with the IFA for the past seven years, the last two and a half as CEO. The Institut
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PORTHAUL sponsors AUSTimber uniforms

There was an error in the just-released edition of Australian Forests & Timber News in the AUSTimber special segment. It should be noted that Noske Logistics did not sponsor the AUSTimber 2012 staff uniforms. PORTHAUL is the sponsor of the AUSTimber uniforms. Contrary to previous
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Colbeck: Lock up of forest resources cannot proceed

The position of the Federal Coalition on further lock up of Tasmania’s forest resources has been vindicated by the Independent Verification Group report, according to Coalition Forestry Spokesman Richard Colbeck. “The position of the Federal Coalition has been vindicated by this repor
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