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Supply Solutions

At the recent TABMA Conference, industry experts and leaders came together to discuss issues in the Australian timber supply chain. Here’s an edited summary of what they had to say. More than any other issue, supply has dominated industry discussions this year. Fires,...

Illegal Logging Review

The Australian Government wants input on illegal logging law reforms. Sustainability is one of the key selling notes for the Australian timber industry, with our reputation for demanding environmentally responsible forestry practices both here and for our imported...

Merging to Mainstream

Covid-safe prefabAUS conference moved to 100% virtual delivery. Australia's peak body for off-site construction, prefabAUS, has announced its hybrid conference, Merging to Mainstream, will move to 100% online delivery over four half days due to uncertainty about the...

Artarmon Joinery

Covid outbreak delays sale of popular Sydney joinery. A lot of plans have been scuttled by the current Sydney Covid outbreak, among them, Matt and Mandy Collin’s for an easy sale of their business at Matt’s retirement. Established in 1994, Artarmon Joinery has been...

Strap and Wrap

Australian-made recycled and 100% recyclable strapping is cutting factories’ waste costs. Around every bundle of timber, and a lot of the products we make from it, is a polyester strap, made of PET. “We were a distributor selling strapping for many years, says Mark...

People First

Building a workplace culture that prioritises safety and personal development has been a core part of AKD’s success. We spoke with Toni Kirkup and Clark Rodger about their work. Outside the timber industry, a lot of clichés still exist. “There’s the joke of old buddy...
60 Years Strong

60 Years Strong

Three generations, six decades and millions of tonnes of timber since Mangan Logging & Haulage began, the company is stronger than ever, thanks to a lot of planning and a bit of luck. Michael Mangan was just a young lad when his parents Bert and Monica packed up...

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Cutting Panels

Cutting Panels

As CLT becomes more readily available in the Australian market, renowned Italian machinery firm Biesse has a range of machining options, including the one behind a world-leading plant. Construction firms around the world are looking for faster, more sustainable and...

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Green Machine

Green Machine

Pedersen Group’s Maryvale mill handles huge volumes of logs. In a bid to speed up unloading, the site has recently installed a Sennebogen 875E material handler – the first in Australia – and it’s already delivering improved safety and productivity outcomes. The highly...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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