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HIA campaign against non-compliant products

The Housing Industry of Australia (HIA) is spearheading an industry campaign to ensure building products meet Australian Standards and comply with the Building Code of Australia. The HIA has identified a significant and growing number of non-compliant products are being used for resid
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Asia Pulp & Paper achieves US and EU certification

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) announced that its production mills are achieving SVLK certification under Indonesia’s new Wood Legality Verification System in a major stride towards addressing requirements to supply to countries such as the US and those in the EU. Source: Lesprom
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Malaysia facilitates timber exports to Europe

In a move to boost exports of Malaysian timber and construction products to Europe, the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) is working with the United Kingdom’s Trada Technology Ltd (TTL) as an approved testing laboratory. Malaysia recognizes that the only way to ensure its prod
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Council finds better use for trees than mulch

Coff Harbour City Council has found a more sustainable and profitable way to re-use the trees on public land. Previously council turned these trees, including hardwoods, into mulch for playgrounds, parks, roundabouts and reserves. Now the timber is being milled and put to better use.
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ANZ seeks review of Gunns balance sheet

Gunns' move to recapitalisation has been slow and full of setbacks and there is no end in sight. It appears that lenders to the embattled timber company are becoming nervous about the $500 million they are owed by the end of the year. Sources: Business Spectator, ABC News, The Austr
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Tasmanian sawmill buyouts with forest peace deal

Taxpayers could be forced to fund more sawmill buyouts to ensure the success of Tasmania's forest peace deal. There is $15 million in the forest peace deal to buy out contracts owned by sawmills that will be affected by a reduction in native forest logging. Source: Yahoo 7 News, The M
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Jobs saved in Milton NZ wood processing

A wood-processing plant near Milton in New Zealand will not be mothballed, although just how many of the 31 jobs under threat have been saved remains unclear after news that a Southland timber company has secured the mill's lease. The news follows City Forests' decision in April to pr
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Timber Queensland blames Bligh for local woes

The Bligh government's asset sell-off has been linked to forecast problems affecting the Newman Government's newly announced Timber Industry Plan. Timber Queensland CEO Rod McInnes says a working group of government officials had begun to develop a vision for the plan, which would tak
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NZ conference on carbon forestry a must

New Zealand, the only country outside Europe with a comprehensive Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), has announced important amendments to strengthen its ETS in face of weak global market conditions. So with significant and on-going changes in carbon trading markets, interest is high for
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