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The Other Hardware Store

Mitre 10’s new ad campaign seeks to add more DIY customers to their already strong trade base. The Mitre 10 group has always had an individual way of doing things, but their new ad campaign may be the first time public nudity has played a role. With tongue firmly...

Queensland Timber Awards

As the nation listened to Antony Green, an equally exciting set of results were being announced with TABMA hosting the 2022 Queensland Timber Industry Awards. The evening of 21 May was one of the more exciting this year. While some people might have been focused on...

Semiconductor Shortages

A global semiconductor shortage is impacting on a huge range of manufacturers and has left many fishing for chips. Semiconductors aren’t the first thing you think about when you’re thinking timber. The links between a shortage of the components that are vital for so...

Flood Fundraising

Eight Sly bros workers lost everything in the Northern Rivers floods. In March, we wrote about the devastating floods that had destroyed the homes and possessions of eight of the 22-strong Sly Bros workforce, as well as severely impacting properties and possessions...

Koalas and Forestry

A focus on wildlife at HVP Plantations is helping South Australia’s koalas breed strong. Over 15 years of work on koala safety is paying off for HVP Plantations. Recently, the private plantation company responded to a request from the South Australian Government to...

F&T Multi Media

FTMA Australia’s new podcast and report make it easier than ever to get the news you need. Like most of us, Kersten Gentle isn’t a fan of 2022. “I told a friend the other day, if I see four horsemen riding down the street, I’m out of here!” says Gentle, executive...
Fabulous Fish Market

Fabulous Fish Market

A floating glulam roof will put timber front and centre at the new Sydney Fish Market. Multiplex continues the love affair with timber that saw its Marrickville Library build sweep design awards with its new Sydney Fish Market. The sinuous roof that will form the most...

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It’s Complicated

It’s Complicated

Taking on tricky designs can challenge your relationships with clients and physics. By Paul Davis. You may know me as a timber engineer, but I also design a whole lot of other weird stuff. A lot of these are secondary structures in larger projects such as high-rises,...

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Happy Birthday, Hyne!

Happy Birthday, Hyne!

Looking very good for 140, the team took time to celebrate. Since 1882, Hyne Timber has been keeping Australians building. Five generations after the company was founded,  James Hyne hosted a community event as part of Tumbarumba’s annual Tumbafest. “Hyne Timber has...

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Building for Floods

Building for Floods

With once-a-century floods now happening regularly, the industry and suppliers need to work with builders, developers and owners to help them make homes more resilient. Shane Stone, the head of the National Resilience and Recovery Agency, can tell people they...

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The Beam with a Difference

The Beam with a Difference

Wind beams break some of the ‘rules’ and benefit from close attention. By Afzal Laphir, Principal Engineer, Meyer Timber In life there are always exceptions. “I before e except after c” is the perfect one for those of you grammar buffs who want to get sufficiently...

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Sly Bros Flooded

Sly Bros Flooded

The company is fundraising to help employees who lost everything. Before they left work on Monday 28 February, the team at Sly Bros in Woodburn moved everything they could to high ground, well above the level of the record 1954 floods that had swept through the...

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TABMA People

TABMA People

The industry association’s new recruitment service is designed to save businesses time and money. It is widely accepted that the people who work in a business are the real key to its success. Equipment, stock, customers are all important but without competent, focused...

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Low-carbon Future

Low-carbon Future

The Federal Government’s $300 million Timber Building Program comes on the back of CEFC research that shows transforming construction is at the heart of lowering carbon emissions. Jonas Bengtsson, founder and CEO of EDGE Environment was extremely clear about the best...

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Obligation or Opportunity?

Obligation or Opportunity?

Consultation needs to be genuine to count, but that brings its own benefits. The importance of genuine consultation with employees was very much in the spotlight recently when a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission overturned BHP’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate at the Mt...

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Laws of Physics

Laws of Physics

There are some things in life that you just shouldn’t try to break. It is a known fact that engineers, architects and builders believe that trusses and frames can do absolutely anything; when it gets hard, just note “trusses and frames design by supplier” and...

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Be Prepared

Be Prepared

Pre-coating timbers – whether internal or external – doesn’t just save builders time, it delivers better, longer lasting results and can even solve some common installation problems. Timber suppliers and builders coexist in mutually beneficial relationships for the...

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Asbestos Disposal Risk

Asbestos Disposal Risk

NSW research has shown a worrying lack of care. The NSW EPA recently published the results of research on asbestos in homes, particularly its removal and disposal, and the results are not encouraging. More than 4000 community members from around the state were...

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New Pages

New Pages

Two of Australia’s biggest timber companies have recently begun major new chapters. Hyne Group (Hyne Timber and XLam) has announced a partnership with UK-based James Jones & Sons Limited (JJSL), “bringing together a combined 320 years of family-owned sawmilling...

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Opening Up

Opening Up

Windows and doors are the first line of defence for Australian homes, here’s what manufacturers are focusing on. It’s hard to imagine a better display of why we need quality windows and doors in our homes than most of Australia over the past two-and-a-half years....

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Timber or steel?

Timber or steel?

A simple question to owners and builders forms part of the solution to tackling climate change. When choosing building materials it is vital to think about where they come from. Almost all buildings are based on either steel and concrete or timber frames. You can’t...

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Time To Say Goodbye?

Time To Say Goodbye?

Is ‘the Great Resignation’ fact or fiction in Australian workplaces? By Peter Maguire. We have been hearing a lot about ‘the Great Resignation’ from the US, where people are reported to be leaving their employers in droves and businesses are having to up the ante with...

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Vale David Efron

Vale David Efron

The well-respected industry stalwart died at Christmas. David Efron passed away at the Cabrini Hospital, surrounded by his family on 25/12/21. David Efron commenced in the timber industry in the mid 1960s when he responded to an ad in the paper that read “Learn to be...

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The Changing Face of GLT

The Changing Face of GLT

Smarter engineering solutions and responses to fibre shortages equal changes to traditional Australian GLT/glulam products. Here’s a brief rundown of where we’re at. One of the most important design qualities of timber framing is its resilience under load. Timber’s...

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Quality Stores

Quality Stores

The State winners for IHG’s 2021 Awards of Excellence all brought something special. With so many Australians bitten by the home improvement and building bugs in 2021, it was a huge year for Independent Hardware Group members. These 2021 State winners for the IHG...

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Giving a RATs

Giving a RATs

Rapid antigen tests are here to stay: here’s what you should know. Since this story was first published in the print edition, I’ve had to update it twice before it went online. Unfortunately, when it comes to the Australian government’s policies on RATs, they’ve been...

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Space Force

Space Force

It may not be the Enterprise, but a mezzanine needs to be able to take it, captain! The coolest job title ever is a Planetary Protection Officer (PPO). No joke, it’s a real thing and comes with a very attractive NASA salary of up to US$180,000! Let’s not get bogged...

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Saying – and Doing – No

Saying – and Doing – No

It’s time to stop sexual harassment in workplaces. Last year, following a National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces, the Australian Human Rights Commission released the landmark Respect@Work Report. Some of the key findings in that report were...

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Local Supply

Local Supply

We talked with leading Australian manufacturers of GLT and LVL about how the past year’s import shortages have affected them and what’s ahead this year and next. Michael Lee, operations manager at CUSP, isn’t one for beating around the bush. “The reality is,” he says,...

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Hybrid Panels

Hybrid Panels

Metsä’s new tall timber option lowers construction carbon. While the world would doubtless be a more beautiful place if all construction were timber, here in reality we’re trying to make it a more sustainable place by increasing the percentage of timber in builds...

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