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In Memoriam

George Zammit has left a legacy of customer-centric service at his family business, Warringah Timbers. The Sydney timber trade has lost another stalwart with the death of George Zammit, founder of Warringah Timbers. In 1962, George started a business erecting timber...

Back in Caboolture

AKD’s Caboolture Sawmill has resumed operations. Back in June the AKD team watched in horror as fire ripped through parts of its Caboolture Sawmill. After everything else this year has brought, it was very much lemon juice on a scraped knee. In good news, no one was...

In Memoriam

Keith Wilkinson of North Shore Timbers is remembered as a man of positivity and possibility. As a young man, Keith Wilkinson went on a diving holiday with friends off the coast of Mozambique. At home in the water, he was nevertheless caught in a strong rip and washed...

All-Terrain Sideloader

The Hubtex DQ-X redesign is a perfect match for timber. Think of the typical Australian timber yard and you could be imagining anything from vast concrete-floored sheds filled with racks to snow melting in tyre tracks near Tumut. Happily, top European manufacturers...

It’s a Wrap

AKD’s new wrap design and new product names hit the market with a celebration of the company’s proudly Australian-grown and made heritage. Over the coming months, the market will start to see AKD products being wrapped in a new plastic design. It features several...

Focus on Local

As the recession starts to bite and Covid plays havoc with both freight and currency stability, a campaign to Buy Australian Timber First hopes to save local jobs throughout the sector. High-vis is the dominant fashion trend in the sea of faces looking out from the...
Top Floor

Top Floor

Soudal delivers a clever new flooring adhesive and an even cleverer applicator that will help keep tradies safe and out of the physiotherapist’s clinic. Soudal’s new Soudabond Subfloor Collapsing Gel Adhesive cuts application time over standard adhesives by 75%. If...

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Personal/Carer’s Leave in 2020

Personal/Carer’s Leave in 2020

Australian leave provisions allow for paid sick and caring days, which have rarely been more needed by employees than this year. Here’s what you need to know. This article is relevant to all private sector employees and employers in Australia except for sole traders...

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Safety Highs and Lows

Safety Highs and Lows

By concentrating on lifting equipment that keeps load movements and people down low, while still allowing high racking and loading, Combilift is driving safe workplaces internationally. Martin McVicar has travelled to work sites around the world since he and fellow...

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New ITI Partnership

New ITI Partnership

Metsä Wood, Europe’s largest LVL producer, joins forces with ITI/John Cook & Sons. Metsä Wood, a leading European producer of engineered wood products, has entered into a new strategic partnership with ITI/John Cook & Sons, which will see ITI and Cooks become...

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New Staff

New Staff

Managing the risk of a new employee starts with an effective recruitment process. It’s worth starting off a new employment relationship with all your i’s dotted and t’s crossed. That way, if things start to go awry, you’ve done the groundwork to protect the business...

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Standard Changes

Standard Changes

An overview of the key proposed AS 1684 series amendments 2020. AS 1684 Residential Timber Framed Construction, also commonly referred to as the Timber Framing Code, is the principal Australian Standard covering design criteria, building practices, tie-downs, bracing...

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Lockdown Learnings

Lockdown Learnings

The Stage 4 lockdown in Melbourne is the biggest in Australia so far, but it’s not the first. Here’s how one big hardware team in the Burnie region managed their experience. Melbourne’s Stage 4 restrictions this week have been simultaneously a shock and no surprise....

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Focus on Local

Focus on Local

As the recession starts to bite and Covid plays havoc with both freight and currency stability, a campaign to Buy Australian Timber First hopes to save local jobs throughout the sector. High-vis is the dominant fashion trend in the sea of faces looking out from the...

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Recycled Timber in NZ

Recycled Timber in NZ

LMA Timber’s new showroom marks a new stage in the growth of recycled Australian product into New Zealand – and two men’s passion for great building products. Martin Thompson loves good buildings and timber. Talk to him for more than five minutes and you’ll hear about...

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Starting the Conversation

Starting the Conversation

Bold shirts herald a mental health support program for tradies. Mental health is often a way down the safety checklist for tradies. While most work sites do regular checks for proper PPE, it can be much harder to get mental health issues addressed in the workplace....

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Tanapost Treatment Revolution

Tanapost Treatment Revolution

A new treatment option for posts solves common disposal issues and brings a slew of environmental benefits. For the viticulture and agriculture sectors, posts represent a major expense – one that doesn’t stop at purchase for the three most popular types currently on...

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Risk Reductions

Risk Reductions

Whether building or bushwalking, a bit of caution can help. By Paul Davis. As a serious bushwalker, slips, grazes and bruises are an inevitable part of ‘the business’. I had yet another fall on the weekend. A victim of my own over-confidence, I jumped backwards off a...

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Casual Employees and Annual Leave

Casual Employees and Annual Leave

Court decisions regarding definitions may mean action is needed. By Emma Watt Over the last decade there have been a number of Federal Court decisions granting annual leave entitlements to employees engaged and paid as casuals. The National Employment Standards (NES)...

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Hardware in the Time of Covid-19

Hardware in the Time of Covid-19

In business, things can change unexpectedly, but 2020 has been remarkable. We talked with two Independent Hardware Group local leaders about how they’re getting through. So far, 2020 has been solidly overdoing itself in the disaster stakes. Australia started the year...

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Round Wood

Round Wood

From delivering electricity to keeping the cows in and the wine grapes up, posts and poles are everyday essentials and their suppliers face some unique challenges. You’d be hard-pressed to go for a walk without encountering round timber products, whether as poles...

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New NSW Law For Certifiers

New NSW Law For Certifiers

In the wake of building disasters, reliable certifiers are supported. NSW has passed the Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019. Put forward in the wake of multiple high-profile building failures and issues with substandard works in the state, it will increase...

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Trout Cod Timber

Trout Cod Timber

Bushfire logs are being used to rebuild aquatic habitat. Timber from bushfire-affected trees along Upper Murray roadsides has been used to control erosion and improve the habitat of endangered trout cod near Towong. Agencies from both sides of the NSW-Victoria border...

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Finishing Touches

Finishing Touches

Whether durability, beauty or practicality is your goal, timber cladding makes it child’s play. Timber cladding product has always been popular in residential builds, but recently it’s been given more space to shine in high-end architectural applications. One of the...

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How It’s Done

How It’s Done

Wesbeam has added case studies to its comprehensive online information library. Wesbeam has long been focused on growing the market for EWP in Australia and, as part of that has led the way when it comes to educating builders and designers in using LVL and other EWP...

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New ITI Partnership

New ITI Partnership

Europe’s largest LVL producer joins forces with Australia’s largest national independent wholesale distributor. Metsä Wood and ITI/John Cook & Sons are excited to announce a new strategic partnership which will see ITI and Cooks become the key distributor of...

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Easy Cleaning

Easy Cleaning

Some good business advice is now helping fight Covid. Years ago, one of Hans Unger’s customers advised him to diversify his business rather than rely on his labour. He listened and added multiple new lines. As a flooring specialist, some, such as his SupaBord and...

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