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Taking care of ourselves

Sometimes things in life happen that put everything into perspective. Recent events have given me reason to reflect, and I would like to take this opportunity to compliment all in our industry on the good work that we are doing, and to remind us all how important it is to make sure we are Read more…

By Natalie Kimber, ago
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Vale Joan Kirner AC

Just before the last edition of The News Mill newsletter, former Victorian Premier Joan Kirner AC passed away. I would like to take the opportunity to pass on condolences to her family, friends and loved ones, and to reflect on her contribution to Victoria, and our industry. For many, she will be Read more…

By Natalie Kimber, ago
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Wood is good

While drafting our submission to the FIAC Strategic Directions Issues Paper over the past weeks, I’ve spent much time thinking about the future. In previous editions of this newsletter I’ve touched on what is needed to ensure a strong, resilient and vibrant future for the forest and wood products industry. Read more…

By Natalie Kimber, ago
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Budget impact

Last week the Federal Government handed down their 2015-2016 budget, closely following the State Government budget the week before. VAFI welcomes the federal budget commitments that support the forestry industry Australia wide, including strengthening the approach to illegally sourced timber entering Australia, the matched contributions to Forest & Wood Products Read more…

By Natalie Kimber, ago
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Showcasing our industry to the world

This week VAFI urged the Victorian Government to remember the important part the forest and wood products industry plays in Australian manufacturing, and the wider economy. Over the coming days more than 200 senior buyers, investors and influencers from around the world will be in Victoria as part of a Read more…

By Natalie Kimber, ago
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Go west

One of the top priorities for VAFI in 2015 is to know our members and the broader industry intimately, to allow us to best advocate on their behalf. With a new state government starting to find its feet, this is even more the case. One of the ways we do Read more…

By Natalie Kimber, ago
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The housing boom

The latest national survey of Australia’s building and construction industry shows that more jobs are set to be created by a looming housing boom. According to Master Builders Australia, job opportunities for tradespeople and subcontractors will lift in 2015, and with Housing Industry Association reporting the on-going strength of the Read more…

By Natalie Kimber, ago

The Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) is the peak body for the Victorian forest and wood products industry.

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