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

Queensland manufacturers prepare for skills-led revolution

The manufacturing sector is vital to the Queensland economy as it underpins the resources boom and major infrastructure program supporting the growth of the mining and gas sectors and the 2012 Manufacturing Skills Conference, to be held in Brisbane on 18 May, aims to start a skills-le
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Brown votes against his conscience

Former Australian Greens leader Senator Bob Brown voted against his own opinion on forest regeneration. Source: Timberbiz
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New GM to trade at Danks

A strategic re-alignment of Danks' business model and its vision for the trade sector has seen the hardware company appoint a general manager for its trade market. Source: Franchising
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NSW new pest inspection Code of Practice

A new Code of Practice has been launched designed to protect property buyers from being eaten out of house and home, by setting stringent standards for pre-purchase pest inspections. Source: Timberbiz
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Trade mission to UAE & Turkey for TES

The Victorian Government is leading a trade mission to the United Arab Emirates and Turkey in May, which includes Bruce Bell managing director of Timber Engineered Structures (TES). Source: Timberbiz
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No jobs lost in Heyfield hardwood mill sale

A contract for the sale of Gunns’ Heyfield hardwood sawn timber business for $28 million is expected to be completed later this month. Source: Timberbiz
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Wood for Good and for UK planning authorities

Wood for Good, the UK timber industry's sustainability campaign has launched its 2012 campaign: "Wood First" that calls for the introduction of a "Wood First" rule in local authority planning guidance. Source: Confor
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Vietnam sua timber illegally logged

Forest rangers seized another 300kg of valuable sua timber after seizing the first 366kg lot of sua timber in the protected Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in early May. Source: Viet Nam News
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WA’s Forest Management Plan meets opposition

The Conservation Commission of WA’s Forest Management Plan 2014–2023 Environmental Scoping Document is meeting with opposition from academic and environmental groups. Of major concern is the expansion of native forest logging. Source: Science Network WA
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