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AFS milestone Forest managers take defined area under certification to 10.2m hectares

CERTIFICATION of two forestry managers has taken the area under the Australian Forestry Standard to more than 10 million ha, which represents 90% of commercial and private forests compliant with AS 47082007. Certification of Elders Forestry, which manages one of the largest hardwood plantation forest areas of 170,000 ha, and Tasmanian-based SFM Forest Products, takes the overall area under AFS to 10,229,636 ha – the highest defined area under sustainable forest management schemes in the world. The chairman of AFS Ltd Geoff Gorrie says this is a significant milestone for the scheme, which assures the supply of Australian wood products certified under the AFCS are plentiful and high quality.

AFS certification .. Tasmanian regrowth forests managed by SFM Forest Products.

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“It’s greater use keeps Australian workers in employment and avoids the high transport and energy costs that are associated with imported timber and wood products,” Mr Gorrie said. He said Australia was the most committed in the world to sustainable forest management. “While only 10% of the world’s forests are certified under sustainable forest management schemes, Australia now has the highest certified defined area.” “Elders Forestry and SFM join Forestry Tasmania, WA Plantation Resources, Forestry Plantations Queensland, South Australia Forest Corporation, Forestry NSW, VicForests, Department of Environment and Resource Management

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This Issue • ANU forest research is flawed: report • Industry awaits Gillard policy on carbon

pine on the right track • One in, all in on illegal timber imports • Timber awards judging under way • Readers ‘click’ to online marketing • Warning on fake jarrah

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Diverse range of Making forests managed an by Elders, SFM impact ..

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(DERM), Portland Treefarm Project, Bunbury Treefarm Project, Green Triangle Forest Products Pty Ltd, Forest Products Commission (WA), Hancock Victorian Plantations Pty Ltd, Timberland Pacific, Gunns Ltd, Midway, Norske Skog and South East Fibre Exports Pty Ltd as leaders in the commitment to best practices in forest management,” AFS chief executive Kayt Watts said. “The Australian Forestry Standard (AS4708-2007) and the Chain of Custody Standard (AS4707-2006) are the only Australian standards for forest management and CoC,” she said. “The strength of the standards is gained from their position as the only forest and wood products standards in Australia accredited by third party independent certification and standards bodies.” Elders Forestry manages in excess of 170,000 ha of plantations in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland on behalf of retail and wholesale investors. As well as eucalypt pulpwood plantations, the company manages other species for different end-uses. Highly prized Indian sandalwood, grown in Kununurra’s fertile Ord River Irrigation Area, will produce oil for use in cosmetics as well as timber for ceremonial applications. Elders Forestry also manages teak and red mahogany plantations in Queensland for ultimate use in structural and appearance grade timbers. Elders rebranded its whollyowned subsidiary ITC Ltd to

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Elders Forestry in February last year. It sold its timber processing division (ITC Timber Pty Ltd), an entity which manages its native hardwood timber processing operations in Victoria and Tasmania (excluding the 50% stake in Smartfibre Pty Ltd) to Gunns Ltd. SFM Forest Products, based at Battery Point, Tas, has been operating as a forest broking and harvesting company since 2001. SFM is 100% Tasmanian owned and operates throughout the state in the forestry sector, managing about 4000 ha of primarily regrowth forests and harvesting about 50,000 tonnes of wood products a year. Kayt Watts said AFSL was committed to expanding its relationship with the industry by providing credible and respected, independently endorsed Australian standards that meet the needs of all stakeholders. “Our aim is to maintain the Australian Forestry Standards that are supported and embraced by key stakeholders, including growers, processors, retailers, users, industry associations and government agencies,” she said.

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Australia still target for non-compliant imports


Legal consequences in the supply chain By jim bowden

AUSTRALIAN timber importers have again been cautioned to beware of Chinese and other LVL and panel imports that are either unmarked or improperly, and in many cases even fraudulently, labelled. This follows laboratory tests completed last week on random samples of Chinese structural LVL beams entering the market in Western Australia that showed they failed Australian standards for grade, bond type, formaldehyde emissions and preservative penetration. The samples gave no indication of the manufacturer or country of origin, reopening the wounds of concern about illegal timber

imports. Legal advice to the industry suggests timber traders in the supply chain who market noncompliant material could be subject to liabilities and court costs if an accident or loss of life is caused by its use. Adding weight to the issue, a report to industry by the federal government’s National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) stipulates that only low formaldehyde-emitting pressed wood products should be used, such as those that meet the Australian standards for formaldehyde emission limits (E0 and E1). NICNAS says a material safety

DATE! 9 September 2010 Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

The stamp says it all .. Rob Harden displays brands for bond durability, grade and structural compliance and AFS certification on product at Austral Plywoods in Brisbane.

data sheet (MSDS) should be requested prior to purchasing any pressed wood products. “The bottom line on this is that this imported material is threatening the lives of builders and home owners and we fear some of these products have already been installed,” said Simon Dorries, general manger of the Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia, which carried out the tests. “Of equal concern is that Standards Australia does not license or police the use of Australian Standard numbers on products,” Mr Dorries said. “Any manufacturer in any country can brand an Australian Standard without any testing or checks by anyone. “This includes products used in critical structural applications where failure can result in collapse.” The samples examined by the EWPAA national testing Cont Page 6

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Timber awards judging under way

State winners announced at gala industry dinner JUDGING of Queensland’s timber industry awards begins this week ahead of the announcement of winners at a gala dinner in Brisbane on October 9. Karen Johnston, chief executive of TABMA Queensland, and well-known industry training and grading specialist Bill Kranenburg commence a two-week round of judging assignments today (August 16). Ms Johnston said judging criteria had been reformatted to be objective and relevant, and in the spirit of fairness and transparency. “The process also doubles as a great self-audit tool for all businesses to help identify their strengths and weaknesses,” she said. Nominees for the awards are as follows: Best Building Materials Centre (regional): Porters Home & Building Centre, (Mackay), BMS Mitre 10 (Toowoomba), Sid’s Place (Toowoomba), Greenmount Timber & Building Supplies (Tweed). Best Building Materials Centre (metro): Tradeware Building Supplies, Langs Building Supplies (Yatala), 5 Star Timbers, Forsyth & Romano (Capalaba), Fineline Timbers. Best Specialist Timber Merchant: Tradeware Building Supplies, Ironbark Timber

Hyne (Tuan), Parkside Timber (Wondai), Muckerts Sawmill (Laidley).

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Best Wholesale Sales Representative: Matthew Colley, Tillling Timber; Paul Rutledge, Gunnersens; Debbie Payne, Dindas/Tillilng; Brett Beanland, Simmonds Lumber; Craig Denmeade, Dindas; Melonie Hilcke, Hyne (Acacia Ridge); James Mulford, Future Wholesale Timbers.

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Gunns negotiates on forest land sale Products, Lifetime Timbers, Lazarides Timber Agencies. Best Timber Wholesale Operation: ITI Qld, Tilling Timber, Hantech Qld, Simmonds Lumber, Asian Pacific. Best Specialist Service Operation: Ironbark Timber Products, Tarmac Qld, Lindsay Meyers, Dindas Australia. Best Frame and Truss Operation (regional): Porter’s Frame and Truss, Accutruss. Best Frame and Truss Operation

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GUNNS Ltd has entered into contracts for the sale of about 28,000 ha of native forest land in Tasmania at a value of $27.5 million Gunns says its future strategy is the continued development of its plantation business. The sale incorporates all properties previously identified as surplus in the Company’s ASX release of April 23, 2010.

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Buyer beware .. failed imported product displays fraudulent branding.

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laboratory exhibited poor bonding, inferior mechanical and connection properties and had excessive levels of formaldehyde compared to domestic plywood. In one case, a sample stamped simply H3 without any other markings showed no trace of timber preservative in laboratory chemical analysis. The brand fraudulently suggested the sample contained preservative retentions for Hazard Class H3. The EWPAA tests checked the imported samples against relevant Australian standards and other physical and chemical properties that would determine ‘fitness for use’. These tests included bond quality durability in accordance with AS/NZS 20908.2 and preservative penetration and retention in accordance with AS/NZS 1604.4 using test methods specified in AS/NZS 1605. In addition, the imported beams were inspected for brands and grade marks in accordance with the specific LVL product standard AS/ NZS 4357.0-Structural LVL-specifications and the

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preservative treatment standard AS/NZS 1604.4-Specification for Preservative Treatment– Laminated Veneer Lumber. Another sample, a 45 mm 15 mm ply pine structural LVL beam, failed to meet Type A bond and durability quality. The EWPAA has been conducting its own product awareness campaign, briefing federal and state and union safety officers. Addressing Queensland Department of Justice safety inspectors recently on safety and compliance issues with imported structural woodbased products, Simon Dorries said EWPAA laboratory staff were available to conduct tests at no cost to verify compliance with Australian standards. He offered training to help identify unsafe materials and said EWPAA was more than happy to assist with verification if suspected unsafe product was believed to be on site. EWPAA processes more than 15,000 plywood samples each year, is a JAS-ANZ accredited product certification body and has NATA accredited laboratories in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.

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ANU forest research is flawed: report

Findings on forestry, logging assistance taken to task RESEARCH by the Australian National University on the forestry industry’s reliance on government assistance has been shown to be flawed by a new Productivity Commission report. The National Association of Forest Industries raised concerns about the ANU research after it was released in April and the author, Dr Judith Ajani, called for government policy change on the basis of the research findings. However, the Productivity Commission’s Trade and Assistance Review, released in recent weeks, has shown the method used by Dr Ajani is at odds with their findings in calculating the effective rates of assistance to the forestry sector. NAFI chief executive Allan Hansard said the ANU research by Dr Ajani severely over estimated the actual level of government assistance the forestry industry receives in comparison to other sectors such as agriculture. “It is a concern to have this research released without proper peer review and even a greater concern that the author called for Government policy change on the basis of incorrect

findings,” Mr Hansard said. A key concern for the association was that the

research received significant media exposure on research which has now been shown to

ANU research over estimates government assistance to forest industry. a

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be flawed. NAFI raised this issue with the ANU when the research was released and called for a review of internal review processes. “The ANU is a world leading university with a reputation for excellence that we are all proud of. However, given the damage caused to the industry by this research, we are seriously concerned,” Mr Hansard said. “The ANU must ensure that in future all research, particularly that research that calls for government policy change, is thoroughly checked and peer reviewed before release,” he said. “We all have a responsibility to ensure the research from ANU maintains its world renowned reputation for credibility.” Judith Ajani is an economist, graduating with honours from the School of Economics, University of Melbourne and holds a PhD in resource and environmental management from ANU. She has worked in the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Bureau of Industry Economics, Port of Melbourne Authority and the Victorian industry department where she managed manufacturing policy for the Victorian wood-based industries.

WA Forest Industries Federation Executive Director Bob Pearce has warned consumers wanting to purchase furniture or flooring made from genuine Western Australian jarrah should be aware that timber currently being offered for sale under the name Pacific jarrah is not jarrah at all, but a fake jarrah substitute. “Jarrah is a high quality red eucalypt hardwood which is unique to Western Australia,” Mr Pearce said.

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Industry anticipates Gillard view on climate as election date nears THE Prime Minister Julian Gillard says she is keen to announce a sweeping “climate statement” addressing voter concerns about the federal government’s commitment to tackle climate change. Any deal to end all native forest logging in southern Australia, accompanied by an industry restructuring package and a switch to a plantation-only timber industry, would be part of Ms Gillard’s environmental or climate policy pitch, expected on the eve of an election date in August she is likely to call this month. The government has indicated that funds are available to encourage some native forest loggers and contractors to leave the industry. But talks appear to be stymied by debate between industry groups about how quickly and completely logging should cease in all state-owned native forests. Meanwhile, the Climate Institute says the economy will be paying more than $2 billion a year in necessary costs by 2020 unless the carbon pricing issue is resolved. The institute has launched the Climate Advocacy Fund

Setting a consistent price on carbon.

to engage investment circles, while leading economist Warwick McKibbin has called on the federal government to reconsider its deferral on a carbon price. He says industry wants a price on carbon and the alternative will prove more costly. In a report for the Lowy Institute, he argues for a new strategy for wealthy countries to reduce pollution. The proposed framework would require each country to set a consistent price on carbon, which rises annually.

That domestic price – or price band – could be converted into a global carbon price equivalent and then applied as each country sees fit, via a carbon tax, ETS or hybrid scheme. Climate Institute CEO John Connor called on all parties to develop “credible plans to achieve what is a bipartisan consensus on reducing 2020 pollution levels by up to 25% below 2000 levels”. Its latest analysis says the $2 billion in added costs is the result of policy uncertainty on long-term infrastructure investment. A new Auspoll survey of 1500 voters for the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) claims over 50% still want action on climate change,

Warwick McKibbin .. government should reconsider its deferral on carbon price.

but voters see no difference between Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott when it comes to trusting them to deliver on climate change.

New management chief for Weinig WORLD market leader in woodworking machines Michael Weinig Ag has a new chairman of the management board. Wolfgang Pöschl, 52, who will be based at Tauberbischofsheim, Germany, has been a member of the board since March and is implementing new corporate

strategy within the Weinig Group. He will also continue to be responsible for the business segments of moulding machines and window processing machines as well as for production sites in Tauberbischofsheim and Yantai, China.

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One in, all in on illegal timber issue Industry apprehensive on government policy A LEADING timber veneer producer has called on the federal government to grant no special advantages to overseas manufacturers in any legal logging controls. Juel Griggs, a director of Briggs Veneer, Sydney, was speaking at a Sydney seminar last week ahead of a preelection announcement on the government’s policy on illegally harvested timber expected soon. “It would be objectionable and reduce market share for domestic producers if overseas manufacturers were made exempt from illegal logging laws while possible criminal penalties and extra costs were imposed on the Australian industry,” Ms Griggs said. “It is also important that any illegal timber controls introduced be brought in simultaneously for all timber products and finished products; it doesn’t take long for a competitor with an advantage (in this case one possibly mandated by Government) to take away one’s market.” The seminar, organised by Sydney Hoo-Hoo Club 215, was attended by more than 50 industry stakeholders. Many of them are impatient for Forestry

Talking over illegal timber import issues in Sydney .. Chris White, Moxon Timbers, Sydney (president Sydney Hoo-Hoo Club 215), Juel Briggs, director, Briggs Veneer, Sydney, and Paul Elsmore, managing director, Simmonds Lumber and ATIF board member.

Bronwyn Foord, general manger, Window and Door Industry Council, catches up with Peter Roberts, executive director, Timber Merchants Association (Vic), Melbourne, and Ron Caddy, Lancal Builders Supplies, and TMA president.

Minister Tony Burke to make an announcement now that the final illegal logging Regulation Impact Statement has been signed off by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF). “Whatever we do as a nation, it mustn’t result in illegal timber simply being re-routed to offshore factories, only to be imported into Australia anyway as furniture, pre-fabricated fitouts, pre-cut panels, doors, joinery, other finished products and components,” Ms Briggs said. “Also, it is crucial that whatever action is taken by government doesn’t unfairly disadvantage Australian wood products manufacturers and timber merchants who would be subject to import restrictions or controls, while handing a competitive advantage to uncontrolled imports of finished products and components.” Ms Briggs said Australian merchants and secondary wood processors would suffer cost increases under any imported timber legality controls, She referred to the burden of new compliance and administration costs that would Cont Page 12

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Hoop pine on the right track

Railways choose structural plywood for floors By JIM BOWDEN

Queensland Rail .. on time and on plywood floors.

1920s was a logical response to Queensland’s rapidly diminishing softwood resource. The early plantations were of native species such as hoop

Gary Holmes inspects scarfjoined hoop pine plywood flooring at Austral Plywoods in Brisbane.

electrified, the largest electrified network in the southern hemisphere. It started business in 1865, about 23 years after the state’s first sawmill was opened in Brisbane to meet an exploding demand for timber for housing, boat building and fencing in the new colony. The first timber reserves in Queensland were gazetted in 1870. The plywood industry began during World War 1 and by 1926 there were eight plywood plants in the state using 6 million sup. ft of timber, mostly hoop pine. The beginning of the native conifer planting program in the

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pine, which required very fertile sites and which also were in demand for agriculture and settlement. Encouraged by the successful results of several years of silvicultural experiments, the Queensland Forest Service in 1920-21 launched the first of its commercial plantations. During that season, more than 60,000 nursery-raised seedlings, mostly hoop and bunya pine, were planted on 45 ha in three areas of the state – the Mary Valley, Atherton and Fraser Island. By 1929, it was apparent that the Mary Valley and areas around Yarraman were destined to become the principal centres for growing these conifers. Cont Page 12


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LINKED for more than a century in the development of Queensland’s infrastructure, timber and trains are on track to complete a project that will see the floors in hundreds of railway carriages supported by hoop pine plywood. Both Queensland Rail and NSW Rail have ordered the unique structural flooring system in a contract with Brisbane-based Austral Plywoods. More than 2000 sheets of B-B A bond F17 structural hoop pine plywood are being used to produce a composite product for the floors. “We were able to meet a strict testing regime that followed all the requirements for structural [AS/NZS 2269] and bonding strength set down by the Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia,” Austral Plywoods sales manger Gary Holmes said. Austral Plywood manufactures plywood from 100% Queensland-grown plantation hoop pine (Araucaria cunninghamii) grown on Forestry Plantations Queensland Pty Ltd’s 44,560 ha hoop pine estate in the Mary and Brisbane valleys under AFS certification. The contracts required different ‘facing’ on the carriage flooring material for each state – the Queensland Rail project used 2400 mm x 1200 m plywood sheets, scarf-jointed into 6.5 m long x 2.4 wide sections, while NSW Rail’s dimensions of 2700 mm x 1200 m were divided into sections using an aluminium facing. “This is another great win for EWPAA structural plywood and for the fine grain and relatively knot free hoop pine resource,” Mr Holmes said. Queensland Rail owns and operates a route network of 8313 km of which 1000 km is issue 134 | 19.07.10 | Page 11

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include legality code of conduct compliance; risk assessments; due diligence; inspections and audits; chain of custody supply systems; and the purchase of legality tracing systems. “To these we can add the cost of actually finding certified and alternative sources of timber,” Mr Briggs said. “According to a 2007 government report, ‘reducing the volume of illegally logged timber will raise demand and most likely the prices, for legal timber and certified timber resources’. “Businesses may have no other option than to buy the more expensive certified timber, where it is available.” Ms Briggs said the US and the EU had already introduced illegal logging regulations which applied to both timber and finished products containing timber, with no distinctions made between timber and finished product. “So it is hard to see why imported timber and finished product containing timber can’t be treated in the same way as each other under any Australian illegal logging regulation,” she said.

“Recent research using data from government sources, indicates that of the total volume of illegal timber coming into Australia around three-quarters is in furniture, components, and doors etcetera, with only onequarter coming in as timber, panels and veneer. “This means that even if you stop illegal timber imports, unless you similarly control the illegal timber within imported furniture and finished products, two to three times as much illegal timber will continue to come in. In fact, the amount of illegal timber in imports of furniture and finished products would most likely increase, because what had previously come in as timber or panels would simply be replaced by that within uncontrolled finished products.” Ms Briggs said the timber merchant and secondary wood processing sectors were at least the same size as the forest, pulp, paper and primary processing sector. “At around 80,000 in direct employment, we actually employ more people, and have a similar total turnover of around $20 billion.”

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By 1930, 12 forest stations had plantation programs in operation and Queensland had a total of 567 ha of plantation softwood resource. By the end of the 1930s, nearly 8995 ha of softwood had been planted with stock raised at 19 nurseries. Native conifers now accounted for about 80% of the annual softwood program

and hoop pine was by far the biggest component. The hoop pine plantation program began 10 years before the exotic program Hoop pine is part of the araucaraceae genus, which makes it a close relative of the well known Bunya pine, the Agathis (kauri) species and Australia’s ‘dinosaur tree’”, the Wollemi pine.

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Timber trader crosses the finish line on new coating technology

Custom treatment at Timbeck’s Rosewood factory THE design and build industry is becoming increasingly distrustful of so-called ‘preprimed’ timber and would prefer fully pre-finished products. In breakthrough wood finishing and maintenance technology, a leading Queensland timber trader has commissioned a state-of-the-art coating and finishing facility near Brisbane to meet this demand. The new business at Rosewood, trading as Timbeck Coated Products, has been set up by Oregon Sales Pty Ltd to provide services for priming, staining, lacquering, oiling and painting of timber products under controlled factory conditions. Marketing manager Roger Denley said the Rosewood

Fully pre-finished timber .. under controlled factory conditions.

factory allowed its cedar products to be supplied prefinished to timber merchants, manufacturers, shop fitters, specifiers and building

contractors. It also included a timber toll coating and machining service to importers, manufacturers and suppliers. “Timbeck itself also has extensive sawing and profile moulding assets that can be utilised for custom machining of clients’ timber before complete or partial finish coating,” Mr Denley said. At the centre of operations at Rosewood is an automated spraying line with in-line stacking for the application of primers, stains, paints and oils to cladding, screening and many other external products. This is supported by a Giardina vacuum coating machine with

UV curing, a high speed process designed to apply clear, semitransparent and solid colour lacquers to all sides of timber mouldings of almost any shape and completely curing the coatings in line. Modern plant and equipment at Rosewood features a Sorbini UV roller coating multiple statlon machine capable of applying two sealer coats and a wet on wet top coat to one face and one edge of flat profiles with a sanding process in the middle. The machine can apply clear, semi-transparent and solid colour lacquers at about 40m mpm with complete in-line curing. An identical ‘topcoat Cont Page 14

High Quality Finishes with Major Cost Savings Finally, a specialist timber manufacturer and processor who can provide a timber coating service under controlled factory conditions. Timbeck Coated Products offers a service to architects, designers, shopfitters, building contractors and timber suppliers: • Expertly applied coatings under controlled factory conditions. • Significant savings over on-site finishing. • No messy on-site preparation and WH&S/OH&S issues. • Latest UV dried vacuum and roller coating technology. • Automated spray line and air drying facilities. • Large positive flow spray booth. • Flat and profile sanders. • Preparation and factory coating of just about any timber profile or shape. • Finest products used including major brand name coating manufacturers such as Sikkens, Mirotone, Wattyl, Intergrain and Cutek • Paints, lacquers, oils, stains and primers • Timber cladding, pergolas, screening, fencing, gates, garage doors, gazebos, lattice, decking, windows & doors • Internal linings, ceiling fixtures, mouldings, panels and other fit out items.

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industry news

Govt offers finance deal on native logging is understood to have told negotiating parties some federal money is available for an agreement and he has asked for a deal to be presented to him by early this week. But federal Coalition forestry spokesman, Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck, says

Tony Burke is playing a sneaky and manipulative game by saying he is taking a handsoff approach to the issue of the future of Tasmania’s forestry industry – but, at the same time, briefing journalists about his government’s close involvement in the process.

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“At the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association conference, Minister Burke said he is not involved in any forestry negotiations in Tasmania. Yet, in recent days, national media outlets appeared to be secretly briefed otherwise by the government,” Senator Colbeck said. Over recent months, representatives of the timber industry and the environmental movement have been negotiating an agreement that could end much of the native forest logging in the state. NAFI chief executive Allan Hansard is meeting with his Tasmanian member companies to discuss the agreement.

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machine’ separate from the line is used for low film finishes like and ‘oil look’ and sealer only applications. Other machinery includes curtain coating facilities for application of paints to special profiles and for colour matching products for internal use; a specialty machine for automated application of oils to decking and other products; a large spray booth for the priming or complete finishing of larger objects such as windows, doors, benchtops and sheet products; and flat bed, profile sanders and extensive drying racks. Oregon’s timber and manufacturing business Timbeck Cedar Products supplies western red cedar products including cladding, panelling, mouldings, joinery products, sauna, garage door profiles and dressed and sawn boards for screening, privacy and other decorative applications. The company is also a major supplier of plantation shutter components and Venetian blind slats to manufacturers in Australia and overseas.

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Product stewardship focus of waste plan PRODUCT stewardship will be a “primary focus” over the next two to three years, according to the National Waste Policy Implementation Plan endorsed at a meeting of environment ministers in Darwin this month. Gathering for the Environmental Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC) meeting, the plan will charter the course for Australian waste reform over the next five years. The council says fulfilling 16 key

priority strategies will involve a mix of new activity as well as building on existing policies and programs. The plan will establish administrative arrangements to support the product stewardship legislation. Other key priorities identified for the first five years include supporting agencies to use sustainable procurement principles; developing strategies to reduce greenhouse

emissions from landfills and other waste activities; establishing an approach to reduce hazardous substances in products and articles; and monitoring the environment for selected chemicals of concern. Product stewardship falls under the “taking responsibility” direction and, in terms of developing and enacting national framework legislation, the EPHC’s key milestones are to have legislation introduced into Parliament in the spring

2010 sitting period and in place by 2011. Another interesting aspect to the implementation plan is the breakdown of which body will be responsible for which area of reform. The commonwealth will lead the product stewardship action, for example, while Victoria heads up ‘landfill management’ issues and co-chairs work on markets and standards with New South Wales.

WA warning on fake Jarrah THE WA Forest Industries Federation has warned consumers seeking genuine Western Australian jarrah furniture and flooring to be aware of a jarrah substitute on the market. Executive director Bob Pearce said consumers should be aware that timber currently being offered for sale under the name Pacific jarrah is not jarrah at all, but a fake jarrah substitute. “Jarrah [Eucalyptus marginata] is a high quality red eucalypt hardwood which is unique to Western Australia,” Mr Pearce said. “It is highly prized for its appearance, strength and durability. Over the years, importers have sought to pass off various cheaper imported red-coloured hardwoods as jarrah, using the name Pacific

jarrah. “There is no such species. The substitutes offered under this name bear no relation to real jarrah, and are not even Australian eucalypts.” Mr Pearce said the timber currently being offered as Pacific jarrah by a Queensland importer was in fact ausubo (Manilkara bidentata), a subtropical rainforest timber from South America and the West Indies. He said the Western Australian industry was exploring legal and legislative options for protecting the jarrah name. “These false labelling practices are not only misleading to consumers, they also threaten to undermine the high quality reputation that real jarrah has earned over the years,” Mr Pearce added.

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Bank backs $2bn Penola pulp mill in SA THE $2 billion Penola pulp mill project in South Australia, shelved during the global recession, has been revitalised since the Commonwealth Bank recently came on board to help raise capital costs for the 750,000-tonne capacity mill. The bank is also helping Greg Boulton, chairman of the

company behind the project, and chief executive Don Matthews to raise $20 million to finalie the design and lock down contracts, the daily Advertiser reports. The company hopes to raise the first funds by September, and the capital cost of the project by March through June

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2011. The pulp mill, previously estimated to cost $1.5 billion, was effectively put on hold during the financial crisis when ANZ Bank pulled out of a financing deal. Construction of the 260-employee mill 7 km outside Penola could start as early as mid-2011, says Mr Boulton.

There was ample plantation hardwood in Australia and the mill was guaranteed a water allocation, he said. Also, it had federal environmental approvals and had been assessed by the state Environment Protection Authority.

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