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Timber Design Awards

The Australian Timber Design Awards for 2018 were recently announced at The Star in Sydney. The 14 Excellence in Timber Applications and 8 Excellence in Timber Products winners were all showstopping designs. Here are five of our favourites. Pity the judges at the...

Timber Issues in Focus

Speakers at the MGA TMA Industry Lunch discussed how greater knowledge can help business, individuals, and the whole sector. On a recent Wednesday afternoon, you would have been hard-pressed speaking with any of the major figures in Victorian timber merchanting – they...

DIY Sawmill

It’s not all major operations when it comes to timber… For Paul McKay, founder of Julia’s Onsite Timber Milling, every tree deserves a second life when it reaches the end of its time growing. His operation can collect logs or even come to you, set up a small mill on...

Hoo-Hoo Golf Day

The timber industry’s finest met on the golf course last month. The International Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo is one of the world’s oldest service organisations, dating back to 1892. Its members are drawn from the forest industry’s many branches and it has one core...

Hobart Making History

Certified cypress is the star in this new hotel. Building onto old concrete piles that previously supported a single-storey shed, physical logistics were just one of the issues facing the team behind the new MACq 01 Hotel on Hobart’s waterfront. The solution? Timber...

SupaBord Protection

This easy-to-use product is a board saviour. It’s a sad truth of building that floors can’t be the last thing to go in on most sites, which means they are often exposed to accidental damage from follow-up trades. With intricate parquetry and luxe floorboards making a...

Pop-up Shelters

Unoccupied commercial buildings are providing dignity and security for those in need. We’re one of the richest countries in the world, but Australia can’t pretend we’re one of the most equal. One in every 200 Australians is homeless, a jump of 14% in the five years to...

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New Safety Guide

A comprehensive guide covers legal and practical issues. Following the same focus on worker safety and management responsibility as our WH&S special (TTN August 2018) is the Forestry Sector Guide to Workplace Safety AU/NZ 2018/19. Published by Pro-Visual in...

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Complete Package

The first residential CLT development in NSW was recently completed, ahead of schedule and under budget. Back in the June 2018 issue of TTN, we spoke with Theo Pasialis, Director Construction at Holz DC. At the time they had just completed the structural work on the...

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Architect’s Dream

Timber provided the inspiration and material for this redesign. Most architects spend their working lives thinking about how people are affected by the spaces around them and how our spaces shape our lives. So when Sally Wilson from Adelaide-based sw-architects...

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September Events

Next generation timber, plus bushfire safety. Bushfire Building Forum & Expo Paarhammer Windows and Doors will be one of the companies featuring specially designed fire-safe products at the Bushfire Building Forum & Expo in Springwood, NSW on 8 September. The...

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Hitting a Century

After one hundred years of success, G. Gay & Co are still learning and growing to meet the needs of their booming Ballarat customer base. When a person turns 100, they get a message from the Queen. It seems a little unfair that a company’s centenary passes without...

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Eco Build Excellence

An environmentally friendly set of luxury townhouses has won three major awards at the 2018 BDAV Awards. The 23rd Building Designers Association of Victoria Building Design Award winners have been announced and among the brilliant designs that have taken home gongs on...

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Nailplate Misadventures

Being in the wrong place can be grim, or flat-out dangerous. I’m writing this while on a plane, which brings with it challenges: not enough elbow room, turbulence, the guy behind is snoring and the kid across the aisle is whinging about the entertainment. But that’s...

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Softwood shortages

Long read: A series of significant issues are contributing to major, ongoing supply issues in Australian timber. Listen to our politicians at state and federal levels and you’d be forgiven for thinking that energy issues consume the national consciousness. They talk...

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Software for timber

We talk to a leading developer about how software is driving the future of timber construction. Calculations for building with timber were once done with chalk and string. Since then, we’ve seen technology advance through slide rules and calculators to CAD and now 3D...

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New Multinail CEO

A strong appointment for the next phase of Multinail's growth. Jim Holland has been announced as the next CEO of Multinail. Peter Taylor, the company’s founder and CEO, announced that he will be moving away from day-to-day operations from September. He will retain...

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New Tilling’s CEO

The Tilling Group’s new CEO is used to kicking goals. Tony Birleson stepped into the Tilling’s CEO role on 12 June, but he hastens to point out that this does not mean that Norm Tilling has in any way retired. “He’s going to stay well and truly involved,” says...

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Timber Podcast

A new podcast covers timber issues. The British-based Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has launched a regular podcast on hot timber topics, called Timber Talks. While there is a UK bias to the material, many of the topics and speakers are of global interest...

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Hydrogen forklifts

New hydrogen-powered forklifts represent reliability as well as sustainability. Hyster hydrogen-powered forklifts were recently demonstrated in Australia. Tony Fagg, Hyster-Yale Asia-Pacific managing director, hosted the event at Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s...

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Superannuation tips

Your quick guide to the most common super queries, by Emma Watt. How much superannuation is payable? At the time of writing, employers are required to pay an additional 9.5% of an employee’s ‘ordinary time earnings’ into a complying superannuation fund. Is the minimum...

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Combilift’s anniversary expansion

Combilift’s new factory has opened in Ireland, with new products and new capacity. When Combilift began 20 years ago, it was with three employees and one product: the world’s first multidirectional all-wheel drive IC engine-powered forklift. In that first year...

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