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APP wants Abbott to invest in Indonesian forests

The pulp and paper company that went from environmental zero to hero last year has now called on the Abbott government to invest some of its Direct Action funding into protecting Indonesian forests. Source: The Brisbane Times
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New Forest buys Gunns plantations says no to pulp mill

The new owner of vast tree plantations previously held by failed timber company Gunns Ltd will focus on exporting the resource as woodchips and is sceptical about prospects for a pulp mill in Tasmania. Sources: The Australian, ABC News
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Material shortages put UK construction under threat

The economic recovery in the UK SME construction sector is under threat from rising building costs and material shortages warns the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Source: Federation of Master Builders UK
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Builyan sawmill reopens in Boyne Valley

A Boyne Valley family has taken over the Builyan sawmill reviving the town’s lifeblood. Source: The Gladstone Observer
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Contractor found for Esperance blue gums

Farmers who were left with acres of trees are relieved to have closure over the blue gums they planted before the global financial crisis. Source: The Esperance Express
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A veneer idea for special Tas timbers

A fourth generation timber worker said that it was time to adopt a new attitude to Tasmania’s special timbers to extend the life and value from the remaining supply. Source: ABC Rural
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WA sandalwood industry in for shake up

WA’s sandalwood industry is set for a big shake up amid fears illegal harvesting is pushing the fragile resources towards extinction. Source: The West Australian
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CFMEU joins Liberals against Forestry SA

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has been told by Forestry SA it wants the South Australian Government’s approval to reduce its workforce by 50% within a year and halve redundancy entitlements. Source: The Flinders News, ABC Rural

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Gippsland moves closer to timber training

Wellington Shire Council will convene a meeting to further investigate the potential for a timber and forestry education precinct for Gippsland. Source: The Gippsland Times and Maffra Spectator
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AFCA says industry under resourced

Colin McCulloch chief executive officer of the Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) said that he didn’t think he had seen the industry as busy but as under resourced. Source: Timberbiz
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