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Salvage Completed

The last truckload of fire-damaged logs has arrived at the mill. Black Summer already feels as though it was a lifetime ago, but it’s only a year and a half since mammoth fire storms swept through much of the country. While some problems are still waiting on solutions...

FutureFit and Open For Business

Drouin West’s new manufacturing plant’s official opening. After a long delay thanks to 2020, Drouin West Timber & Truss (DWTT) officially celebrated the opening of its new FutureFit offsite manufacturing facility on 23 April. Guests included Russell Broadbent MP...

Aussie Logs for Aussie Jobs

The supply chain inquiry releases its final report. After opening on 11 June 2020, receiving 31 submissions (including from Industry Associations MGA TMA and AFPA) and conducting five Public Hearings (a mix of live and virtual, thanks to Covid restrictions), the...

TABMA National Conference

At the organisation’s 80th anniversary and conference, TABMA members will ‘shape the future’ of the timber industry. In June 2021, TABMA Australia will bring together the timber industry community in the picturesque Hunter Valley to ‘honour the past, treasure the...

Driving Change

The 23rd Frame Australia conference is coming up, and things have grown a lot since the first. Kevin Ezard has just finished talking about speakers scheduled for this year's Timber Offsite Construction event when he pauses. “Of course,” he says, “the thing I've just...

Working Together

Although this year’s Independent Hardware Group Expo was held virtually, it brought together more people from the group than ever before to learn, make deals and celebrate their best. Last year in February, an auditorium full of people gathered on the Gold Coast to...
Best Dressed

Best Dressed

Timber cladding can solve time, cost and durability issues for builders and owners. Michael Kennedy is driving back from meeting with a builder when I reach him on the phone. “My team are going to look at me with horror when I get back,” he says, laughing, before...

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Dust Diseases

Dust Diseases

Cutting timber and stone, especially engineered stone, comes with significantly elevated risks of serious disease, but industries including ours have been slow to act. By Donyale Harrison Dust seems so innocuous. Half the time it’s too small to even see – and there’s...

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Mother of Invention

Mother of Invention

Covid-related LVL shortages require some clever engineering solutions. First, we bought toilet paper for a respiratory virus. Then a bunch of strong-man leaders decided they could bend the virus to their will and were wrong! Closer to home I can tell you from personal...

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Salvage Completed

Salvage Completed

The last truckload of fire-damaged logs has arrived at the mill. Black Summer already feels as though it was a lifetime ago, but it’s only a year and a half since mammoth fire storms swept through much of the country. While some problems are still waiting on solutions...

read more
Sustainable Stories

Sustainable Stories

Recycled timber’s list of merits as a practical material is long enough, but talk to an architect and another layer emerges as the wood brings an irreplaceable narrative with its use. Every year, the Timber Design Awards feature a Recycled Timber Award in their Timber...

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Making Policies Real

Making Policies Real

Entrenched cultural problems don’t disappear without firm actions. There has been a lot said in the media of late about the state of cultures in Parliament House, in the media and in the corporate world. We know that issues of gender equality, equal opportunity and...

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Tradie Licences

Tradie Licences

NSW is adding tradie licences to its digital wallet scheme. For NSW tradies tired of carrying around a wallet full of trade licences, help is at hand – literally. Trade licences are now being added to the digital wallet within the Services NSW app, meaning all those...

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Aussie Logs for Aussie Jobs

Aussie Logs for Aussie Jobs

The supply chain inquiry releases its final report. After opening on 11 June 2020, receiving 31 submissions (including from Industry Associations MGA TMA and AFPA) and conducting five Public Hearings (a mix of live and virtual, thanks to Covid restrictions), the...

read more
TABMA National Conference

TABMA National Conference

At the organisation’s 80th anniversary and conference, TABMA members will ‘shape the future’ of the timber industry. In June 2021, TABMA Australia will bring together the timber industry community in the picturesque Hunter Valley to ‘honour the past, treasure the...

read more
Put a Load On

Put a Load On

Never underestimate wind forces, especially when multiple lives are at risk. As an engineer, perhaps the worst kind of failure that you worry about is a progressive collapse. It has happened with roof trusses, but outside the industry, one of the better-known examples...

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Play It Safe With Casual Employment

Play It Safe With Casual Employment

Make sure your casuals aren’t full-timers in disguise. There has been a lot of activity around casual employment over the last couple of years – in the courts, in the Fair Work Commission and in regulation by the Federal Government including: The Workpac v Skene case...

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Working Together

Working Together

Although this year’s Independent Hardware Group Expo was held virtually, it brought together more people from the group than ever before to learn, make deals and celebrate their best. Last year in February, an auditorium full of people gathered on the Gold Coast to...

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Security of Payments

Security of Payments

New NSW legislation helps tradies get paid on time. Changes in the Security of Payment Act mean that since 1 March 2021, the Act also applies to contracts between homeowners and builders, and homeowners and trade contractors. The act had previously exempted...

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Retail Heroes

Retail Heroes

The recent 2020 IHG Awards of Excellence were the good kind of different. There’s a charm and quality to good homemade products that the professionals can rarely match, simply because they don’t know their targets as well. This year’s IHG Awards of Excellence was the...

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Forklift Dangers

Forklift Dangers

A tragedy highlights the risks of forklifts even with well-trained operators. February saw another workplace fatality when a truck driver who had just delivered a load was crushed between his vehicle and a forklift in St Marys, NSW. This tragedy highlights the dangers...

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