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

Red Stag partnership with Ministry of Primary Industries to fund timber projects

Design funding is available for qualifying yet-to-be-built wooden buildings as part of a partnership between the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries and Red Stag. Funding of several hundred thousand dollars is potentially available for a select number of projects that quality f
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Another firefighting air tanker added to the Australian fleet

The Australian Government has announced the addition of a Large Air Tanker to provide year-round aerial firefighting capability. Source: Timberbiz Minister for Emergency Management Senator Bridget McKenzie said an annual $4 million boost to the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAF
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Kangaroo Island Timbers begins trial burns

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers has begun trial burns of its fire-damaged timber. It follows the company announcing it would convert its plantations to farmland after the South Australian Government refused its proposal for a deepwater port at Smith Bay on the island’s north coast
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WA ban on native forestry will kill more than just an industry

For 34 years Gary Bennett’s native timber furniture studio, JahRoc, has sat like beacon to travellers that you have now entered Margaret River – a home of environmentally sustainable craft and unique timber. Source: WA Today JahRoc, which Mr Bennett co-owns with David Paris, sits on t
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270 firefighters can’t do emergency response training due to activists

Victoria’s emergency services personnel will no longer undertake vital safety training in felling trees, jeopardising the state’s response to bushfires and putting communities and first responders at risk. Source: Timberbiz The Nationals’ Member for Gippsland Melina Bath raised the al
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Opinion: Trevor Best – the impact of stress on forestry workers

Forestry researcher Trevor Best has written a summary of research he was involved in at Canterbury University on the impact of stress on the wellbeing of forestry workers, and how it affects productivity and business profitability. With yesterday 9 September the official R U OK Day th
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Friday analysis: Pro native forestry WA’s abrupt about-turn

The WA Government’s decision this week to shut down the state’s native timber industry came as a rude shock to the entire industry. The decision was seemingly made with no industry consultation and was crudely delivered to say the least. One mill operator with 60 years’ experience in
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Snap decision to end WA native forestry done without consultation

WA’s forestry industry has been blindsided by the State Government’s sudden decision to end the native forestry sector by 2024. The announcement came yesterday morning with no industry consultation, leaving businesses, employees and regional communities shocked. Source: Timberbiz The
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IFA/AFG says WA native forestry ban lacks scientific backing

WA’s native forestry ban has been made in the absence of public consultation and is not backed up by science or long-term thinking. Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers vice president Dr Michelle Freeman said that while the association welcomed the Governm
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