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ACCC has concerns over New Forests Tasmanian purchase

11-10-2019
Australia

Concerns have been raised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) over a proposed sale of Tasmanian hardwood plantations owned by Resource Management Service to New Forests and Global Forest Partners. Resource Management Service has made its plantations and a 30 percent share of its woodchip marketing and export business in …

Editor’s pickAustralia's Borg orders new MDF forming and press line from Siempelkamp

03-10-2019
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Borg Manufacturing Pty Ltd, Australia's leading producer of melamine-coated boards, has ordered a new MDF forming and press line for its Oberon site. With this order, the company repeatedly relies on Siempelkamp support. Borg Manufacturing Pty Ltd. replaces an old multi-opening line with an MDF forming and press line including ContiRoll® in …

WA’s first timber-framed office tower approved

03-10-2019
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West Australia’s local council has approved an office tower in Fremantle to be constructed out of cross-laminated timber, in a ‘first’ for Western Australia.   The first CLT six-storey building approved for Fremantle (Image Harris Jenkins Architects and Yolk Property Group) The six-storey building, designed by Harris …

Global and European sawlog prices have fallen over the past two years

27-09-2019
sawlog, prices, global, Europe, America, Austra, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Chile

The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) fell for the fifth consecutive quarter in the 2Q/19, reaching a two-year low. Log prices were down on all continents, with the biggest declines occurring in Europe, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Plentiful supply from storm-damaged and beetle-infested forests in Central Europe changed the log …

Virtual reality takes children into forestry

12-09-2019
forestry, education, Australia

Teachers from across Australia have been given the opportunity to experience and learn about innovative virtual reality (VR) teaching resources developed by ForestLearning, a programme of Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA). The ForestVR toolkit for schools will educate students on the renewable cycle of timber in an immersive and engaging …

NSW government may lease commercial softwood plantations

10-09-2019
Australia

The NSW Government is looking at the “viability” of a long-term lease of the State’s commercial softwood plantation business, consistent with its asset recycling strategy. Forestry Corporation’s profitable softwood division consists of around 230,000 hectares of radiata pine forests primarily producing timber for use in …

Australia must have safe, compliant buildings

06-09-2019
Australia, building, architecture

The Australian public must be protected through safe, compliant buildings and that will only be achieved through buy-in by everyone involved in the building and construction industry and with everyone being accountable for their own work, a NSW upper house inquiry has been told. The inquiry into the regulation of building standards, quality and …

South West pine plantations contribute $1014 million to economy

06-09-2019
Australia, forestry

More than 3000 hectares of pine seedlings have been planted across Forestry Corporation of NSW plantations in the South West Slopes during the annual winter planting programme. Forestry Corporation’s Operations Scheduler Teresa Baker said around 100 contract staff had been brought on board for planting season, which runs from June to …

Queensland urged to reject proposal to close pine plantations

28-08-2019
Australia, timber, forestry

The Queensland State Government has been urged to reject an “absurd, outrageous and highly destructive proposal to close our pine plantations”. Gympie MP and opposition spokesman for agricultural industry development and fisheries and forestry Tony Perrett was responding to a proposal handed to the State Government to turn 21,000ha of …

Koondrook-Perricoota State forests replenishment

28-08-2019
Australia, forestry

Up to 4500 hectares of red gum forest, fringing creeks, wetland and habitat will be replenished over the next 60 days thanks to a planned watering event in the Koondrook and Perricoota State Forests. Forestry Corporation of NSW’s The Living Murray Program Manager for Koondrook-Perricoota Linda Broekman said the watering was critical to …

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