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Western Australia RFA extended for 20 years

Australia, forestry

The Western Australian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) has been extended for another 20 years with an annual sustainable yield of at least 191,000 cubic metres of high-quality jarrah and karri saw logs. The landmark RFA agreement for WA’s $1.4 billion was signed on Friday by the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, and WA Premier Mark …

Eight new cutting-edge forestry projects in Tasmania

Australia, forestry, research

The Australian Liberal National Government and the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s jointly funded Launceston centre of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI) will deliver eight new cutting-edge forestry research projects. Federal Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck said that the …

Australia’s Deputy PM calls for forestry hub in Southern NSW

Australia, forestry

Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Nationals, Michael McCormack, has backed a Regional Forestry Hub in the South West Slopes (Tumut-Tumbarumba region) of southern NSW. In a letter released by the South West Slopes’ Softwoods Working Group (SWG), the Deputy Prime Minister expressed his ‘strong support’ for establishing a …

Sustainable Timber Tas to gain certification from FSC

Australia, timber, sustainability

Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT) has launched a process to gain certification for its forestry activities from the Forest Stewardship Council. SCS Global Services will conduct an audit of STT’s forestry practices, starting on 20 May, against the new FSC Australian Forest Stewardship Council. A key issue is the concept of High Conservation …

Flood-damaged timber rescued to boost Nambucca mountain bike park

Australia, timber

Water-damaged timber donated by Boral and Forestry Corporation of New South Wales has seen an exciting new track launched in Jacks Ridge Mountain Bike Park in the Nambucca State Forest. The new track was built by the Nambucca Valley Cycle Club after members decided the park needed more 'zest' to keep pace with the growing enthusiasm for enduro …

$30m for Australian farmers with carbon benefits from trees

Australia, forestry, tree planting

A $30 million federal government farm biodiversity programme that includes potential carbon benefits for tree planting has been backed by the forest industry and Labor Party. Under the $30 million pilot Agriculture Biodiversity Stewardship Program, farmers could receive incentives for projects that boost biodiversity and can absorb …

Education initiatives on International Day of Forests

Australia, forestry, timber

The Australian Liberal National Government is delivering $200,000 for two new education initiatives in partnership with Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) to educate the next generation to help the industry thrive into the future. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the new National …

Colbeck reassures forestry at ABARES conference

Australia, forestry

Australia’s Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Richard Colbeck has assured the industry that the outlook for the forest, seafood and horticulture sectors is bright despite clear risks, with continued growth in Australia and overseas providing new markets and opportunities. That was the key message delivered to …

Authorities warn devastating Victoria bushfires could get worse

Australia, forestry

Bushfires now in Victoria and previously in Tasmania have had a devastating affect not only on forestry, but also and more importantly livelihoods, livestock and lives with firefighters in Victoria currently building containment lines around fires burning east of Melbourne before “gusty and erratic” winds reach the area on …

Australia’s South West selected for pilot forestry hub

forestry, Australia

The South West was selected as one of four pilot Regional Forestry Hubs being rolled out across Australia with $12.5 million (SGD 12 million) of funding announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week. Forrest MP Nola Marino welcomed the announcement and said the South West’s Regional Forestry Hub had been welcomed by the industry as …