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Wood Matters

Clarky's Comment - September 2014

It is too early to determine whether NZ plantation forest safety and the focus by WorkSafe and forest owners/managers over the past 12 months is yet impacting on the forest industry's safety performance.

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Log Market - September 2014

September saw another export log price increase, building on what is becoming a strong rebound from the dramatic slide in prices during the April to July 2014 period.

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Safety Profile - Sam Sinclair

Sam manages the trucking operations for Ken Holmes and both of them serve on the Zero Tolerance Scheme – which is a sub-committee (working group) under our PF Olsen, Central Safety Committee. Recently Sam put together a Photographic Survey detailing Safe Driving Behaviour especially as it relates to dealing with large vehicles on forestry roads.

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Hunt Log Shear

Stephen Hunt from Hunt Contracting is utilising a log shear to remove the roots of wind blown trees.

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Clarky's Comment - August 2014

This month I draw readers' attention to the published findings of the Commerce Commission in a Preliminary Investigation into Eastland Port Ltd's log storage and wharfage charges.

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New Channel to Market opened by PF Olsen Australia

Last week I watched the first train depart Bathurst, in central western NSW, loaded with 42 containers of Radiata pine logs destined for China – the culmination of two year's work to create an alternative market outlet for private forest growers in the region in the absence of significant domestic market options.

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