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New CLT and GLT

Timberlink’s highly anticipated CLT and GLT products are on their way, with the Tarpeena plant beginning construction and the launch of a new brand: NeXTimber. Australia’s move into leadership in mass timber construction has taken another big step with Timberlink...

Climate-Driven Fires

The CSIRO shows climate change is driving more, bigger fires. New research from the CSIRO published in Nature Communications shows that climate change has driven a significant increase in Australia’s forest fire activity over the past 30 years. Combining analysis of...

Machinery Fair

Weinmann’s in-house exhibition features a wealth of fabricator-friendly machines. With international travel back on the cards for vaccinated Australians, Weinmann’s in-house exhibition, or ‘Treff’, at its St.Johann-Lonsingen home in Germany’s Swabian Alb is perfectly...

Frame Delay

Timber Offsite Construction now in June 2022 Timber Offsite Construction conference and exhibition, planned for November 2021, will now be held in June 2022. With the uncertainty of lockdowns and travel restrictions expected to continue beyond the end of the year,...

Proposed NCC Changes

A call for public comment is open on next year’s construction code update. Stage two of public consultation for the 2022 National Construction Code (NCC) changes is open until 17 October, 2001. The code is updated every three years and stakeholders are encouraged to...

AKD Safety Win

Toni Kirkup’s innovative safety strategies have been recognised with a national award. We spoke at length about AKD Softwood’s national health safety and wellbeing manager Toni Kirkup’s strategies for making sure everyone goes home from work safely every day in our...
Superannuation Stapling

Superannuation Stapling

New laws will change onboarding for employers. On 1 November 2021, superannuation laws will change how employers are required to set up new starters at their workplace. Specifically, where they’ll pay their super. Here’s what you need to know so your onboarding...

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Social Housing Help

Social Housing Help

Broad-scale campaigns for Federal Government investment in housing represent opportunities for a secure future. In the 1950s, under Menzies, social housing and affordable housing were seen as basic government roles in Australia. Since the 1980s, however, Commonwealth...

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Frame Delay

Frame Delay

Timber Offsite Construction now in June 2022 Timber Offsite Construction conference and exhibition, planned for November 2021, will now be held in June 2022. With the uncertainty of lockdowns and travel restrictions expected to continue beyond the end of the year,...

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Proposed NCC Changes

Proposed NCC Changes

A call for public comment is open on next year’s construction code update. Stage two of public consultation for the 2022 National Construction Code (NCC) changes is open until 17 October, 2001. The code is updated every three years and stakeholders are encouraged to...

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Friendly Support

Friendly Support

A little bit of steel helps timber fabricators to deliver the big open spaces builders want. Before you ask why a cold-rolled steel bracing product is in a timber magazine, remember that it’s 2021 and things are wild. “I come from a timber F&T background, but at...

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AKD Safety Win

AKD Safety Win

Toni Kirkup’s innovative safety strategies have been recognised with a national award. We spoke at length about AKD Softwood’s national health safety and wellbeing manager Toni Kirkup’s strategies for making sure everyone goes home from work safely every day in our...

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Pundemic

Pundemic

Having a laugh is about all that’s left, and it’s better do it at a shaggy dog story than at rubbery wind load figures. By Paul Davis After 2020 went viral faster than anyone thought it could, we are seeing more of the same in 2021. It’s affected everyone’s work, even...

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Treat it Right

Treat it Right

EWP are timber, just like pine, which means treatment can help deliver better outcomes and longer lifespans for these manufactured products as easily as for light framing timbers. Stuff. If it’s made right, stored, handled and maintained correctly, it will last...

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Panelisation: Part 1

Panelisation: Part 1

In this ongoing series, we look at the move to panelisation and offsite construction in Australia. This month, we talk with three leading businesses providing panelised solutions. While this story was being written, most Australians went back into lockdown. This is...

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Illegal Logging Review

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...

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Merging to Mainstream

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...

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The Hole Story

The Hole Story

Holes and notches in EWP need careful placement, but the guides can be confusing. By Craig Kay. In the recent past, when most floor systems were constructed from sawn solid timber elements, it was standard practice for builders to run bulkheads below floors for...

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Fast Nogs

Fast Nogs

With timber shortages likely to remain a factor for a while, this Multinail product helps you make the best use of your framing timbers, and adds a bit of speed to the process, too. The very short version of this story is this: framing timbers are in high demand at...

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Artarmon Joinery

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...

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Strap and Wrap

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...

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People First

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...

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It’s The Vibe

It’s The Vibe

Floor joists have limits and there’s a fine art to knowing when they need respecting or can be pushed. In my early twenties my girlfriend and I were helping some friends re-site a ‘Queenslander’ removal house onto their new farm. After the first day, the house was on...

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Certified Sustainable

Certified Sustainable

Certification on timber products can tell consumers a lot about what they’re buying, but as an industry, we need to be flagging its value more to our customers. You’ve probably seen the Responsible Wood and PEFC logos on timber products. But how much do you know about...

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