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Proud finalists

Vekta Automation were recently proud to announce that they had been selected as finalists in the 2017 WA Telstra Business Awards. The Telstra Business Awards has just reached its 25th year, aiming to recognise small and medium businesses, and for 2017 received over...

Austrian Industry Seminars on Structural Timber Construction

Thanks to its rich and sustainably managed timber resources, Austria has built up extensive expertise in timber construction methods and materials. With the recent surge in construction of tall timber buildings in Australia, Austrian companies have become pivotal...

ASH will be joining the CFMEU Rally

ASH will be joining the CFMEU to Rally on Tuesday the 21st March. All branded trucks are encouraged to park on the foot path in front of Parliament House at 10:00am. Trucks with windows, staircases, furniture, wrapped packs of timber, etc - are all encouraged to come...

Modular living

A Melbourne entrepreneur thinks outside the box by building within it Mechanical engineer David Nicolaides was on the hunt for a new career following the closure of the Holden plant in Port Melbourne. He decided to combine his skillsets of engineering and property...

Better benefits

TABMA helps members grow their business. The Timber and Building Materials Association (TABMA) represents timber and building material merchants, suppliers, manufacturers, frame and truss fabricators, wholesalers and timber importers. TABMA’s aim is to help members...

Global standards

Facilitating international trade of wood with ISO standards By Clare Naden Where would we be without wood? In 2015 alone, we humans consumed a whopping 310 million cubic metres of softwood lumber and 130 million cubic metres of hardwood lumber, totalling USD 129...

Renos set to rise

Renovations set to be Australia’s next construction boom. The latest Housing Industry Association report predicts that home renovations will become an increasingly important aspect of the residential building industry in the coming years. The report indicates that...

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Crowning glory

Gold Coast Timbers & Trusses is keeping pace with customers’ demands for ever-evolving and challenging designs. A recent undertaking for a Gold Coast private school saw Gold Coast Timbers & Trusses (GCTT) meet a challenging project head-on. This job – with its...

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Dressed up for summer

There’s nothing like relaxing on a great deck to get the most out of your summer season. The season for taking full advantage of Australia’s outdoor living spaces is upon us. This time of year also traditionally marks the annual household ritual of “oiling the decks”...

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OneFortyOne takes on CHH mill

The prefab industry will have a new supplier for its construction timbers, following the announcement that OneFortyOne Plantations are taking over the Jubilee Highway timber mill. South Australian forestry company OneFortyOne Plantations has announced its intention to...

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Forestry pocketbook

ABARES’ new pocketbook provides a useful and detailed snapshot of everything forestry. A snapshot of Australia’s forestry industry, in the form of a pocketbook compendium, has been released by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences...

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Workplace safety – then & now

With Brian Beecroft – CEO, Timber Trade Industrial Association Just for a moment, wind back the clock 25 years, like in a time tunnel scenario. In my case, back then I had no children sending me an SMS for urgent cash to top up their Opal card, or asking for a new...

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Top honours

Kane Construction and BFN Developments nail top Master Builder awards two years in a row. For their execution of the University of Melbourne Arts West Redevelopment, Kane Constructions Pty Ltd received top honours as Master Builder of the Year (Commercial) at the...

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Opportunity knocks

One company is making a huge difference in the community by providing assistance and opportunity to those in need. Everyone deserves the opportunity to fulfil their potential, no matter their background or level of ability. One company in Wangaratta, Victoria,...

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Mental health alert

Improving mental and physical wellbeing must be priority. Master Builders Australia urges builders, contractors and tradies to make their physical and mental health a priority. “Maintaining physical and mental wellbeing should be the priority of all participants in...

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Winning work

Talent and expertise of designers showcased at Building Design Awards. Killara stately home in bohemian Windsor, Victoria, was designed with a purpose: to be so well-conceived, well-built and embedded in the enduring architectural principles of modernism that it would...

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The industry icon

With the announcement of his retirement later this year, TimberTrader News catches up with Stephen Fray for some insight on his years at the helm. Over the past 30 years there have been many who have had a significant impact on the frame and truss industry. But there...

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Exotic pest risk real and rising

A recently completed analysis of Australia’s national forest industry biosecurity programs has revealed exotic pests are a real and rising risk to Australian plantations and native forests – and that the right investments in prevention and mitigation pay off. The...

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Constructing careers in trades

The month of August marked Tradie Health Month, an initiative led by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) to raise awareness of risks posed to those who work in trade occupations. Tradies are recognised for their value to Australia’s national workforce, with...

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Metsa Wood launches Open Source Wood

A pioneering open innovation project to accelerate growth in large scale wood construction, Metsa Wood's Open Source Wood initiative is a call to action to architects, designers and engineers to join forces, share innovation and contribute knowledge about large-scale,...

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Building breakthrough

World’s first building made from hardwood cross-laminated Tulipwood opens in UK. Maggie’s Oldham, the world’s first building made from hardwood cross-laminated timber (CLT), has opened in the UK. Designed by dRMM Architects and supported by the American Hardwood...

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VicForests 2017 Resource Outlook

VicForests has released its 2017 Resource Outlook which forecasts the amount of high quality timber that can be commercially supplied from state forests in eastern Victoria on a sustainable basis. Nathan Trushell, acting CEO VicForests, says the Resource Outlook is...

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Young blood

Encouraging more young people into the industry is crucial to its survival – but where to start? Unlike many other more glamorous industries, the timber industry is not often considered as a career option for young people today. But the survival of the industry...

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Where Munich meets Melbourne

Just like a crisp, golden pint of fine beer, traditional Bavarian bier hall architecture often mirrors the warm, honeyed tones of the popular beverage by using natural woods to create a feeling of cosiness and intimacy. Echoing this sentiment perfectly is the Hophaus...

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Timber transforms Maryborough icon

Industry welcomes progress toward timber constructed fire station The peak state body for the timber industry has welcomed the announcement by the treasurer, Curtis Pitt, that a new fire station in Maryborough is progressing toward construction using Queensland grown...

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