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

New advertising campaign aims to make a difference

Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited (FWPA) is to launch a national industry careers advertising campaign aiming to increase awareness of the opportunities in the forest and wood products sector in early March 2011.
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Fire at the Norske Skog Saugbrugs mill in Norway halts production

ON THE morning of 2 February, fire caused damage to part of the thermo-mechanical pulp plant which supplies the paper machines with fibre at Norske Skog Saugbrugs mill. Although the fire was quickly brought under control, it caused significant damage to the electrical cabling. No empl
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Approval for genetically modified pine trees test site

APPROVAL, WITH controls, has been given to Scion to field test genetically modified radiata pine (Pinus radiata) in outdoor containment.
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Soft end for new home sales in 2010

NEW HOME sales eased for a second consecutive month in December 2010, says the Housing Industry Association, the voice of Australia’s residential building industry.
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Pilgrimage to the Mount

FIFTY YEARS ago Mount Gambier hosted a large contingent of Timber Merchants to the region, led by many industry leaders who went on to bring Hoo-Hoo to Australia. Now a tour, “Come and See’ has been organized to commemorates the vision of those past leaders and honour them.
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You could be entitled to a satellite phone subsidy

THE FEDERAL Government’s Satellite Phone Subsidy Scheme helps people living, working or travelling for extended periods outside areas with handheld terrestrial mobile phone coverage to purchase satellite mobile phones.
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Whittakers to expand production at Greenbushes

WHITTAKERS LTD is to expand production at the Greenbushes Sawmill and processing facility. It has reached an agreement with the Forest Products Commission (FPC) to take in an additional 14,400 tonnes of jarrah sawlogs for processing and converting into value added products including f
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Government reaps rewards from good forestry management

FORESTRYSA last financial year paid $44m to the State Government in taxation and dividends (up from $23m in 2008-09) and more than $1.2m in rates to various Local Governments, according to its annual report.
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“We will not back down until the threat to our logs no longer exists”

BUSES ARE continuing to fill up with protesters bound for Adelaide for tomorrow’s major rally against the privatisation of South Australian Forests. So far, nine will be making the journey in convoy with an estimated 40‐50 log trucks and semi trailers. Dozens of private vehicles
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