Timber Industry News

VicForests hits back

Recent discussion in The Age (“Axe VicForests or chop off the public money”, May 29) has provided a simplified overview of the challenges facing our native timber industry. Source: The Canberra Times, David Walsh author
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Forest contractors paid to leave seek to return

The Federal Government said that some Tasmanian forest contractors who have received a grant to leave the industry want to return. Source: ABC News
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Ta Ann starts work on plywood mill

The Tasmanian Premier has turned the first sod on construction of a new plywood mill in the state’s north-west. Source: ABC News
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US log prices falling

US sawlog prices started falling in the 2Q/14 after a three-year upward trend, this due to lower US lumber prices and weaker log export markets in Asia according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Source: Timberbiz
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Forestry industry backs safety findings

Forest owners in New Zealand say the independent panel investigating the industry’s appalling accident record has identified one of the big obstacles to improving safety standards. Source: Radio New Zealand
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First public CLT building open

Australia’s first public building constructed using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), Melbourne’s Dockland library and community centre, has opened its doors to the public. Source: Timberbiz
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New Zealand adopts AS4708 with modifications

A New Zealand Standard for Sustainable Forest Management (NZS AS4708:2014) was published in May 2014. It has been adopted with national modifications from the Australian Standard AS4708–2013 via an agreement between AFS Ltd and Standards New Zealand. Source: AFS Certification News
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FSC Australia invests $1.3m to reach consensus on forest management

Forest Stewardship Council Australia (FSC Australia) has taken a step closer to launching an FSC Australia – Forest Stewardship Standard by revealing a first draft of new guidelines to members. Source: Timberbiz
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Australand gets new $2.6b takeover offer

A property developer from Singapore has trumped Stockland’s $ 2.5 billion takeover bid for Australand. Sources: Timberbiz, News.com.au, Sydney Morning Herald
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AFCA chief executive quits

Col McCulloch has quit his role as chief executive officer of the Australian Forest Contractors Association, citing “directional differences” as the reason behind the move. Source: Timberbiz
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