Timberlink has welcomed the announcements from both the Australian Liberal and Labor Parties that they will provide AU$3.5 million to complete their Bell Bay Softwood Mill upgrade. “This bipartisan support from both sides of politics is great news for our employees and the broader George Town community”, Timberlink’s David Oliver said.
“The Bell Bay Softwood Mill employs nearly 200 people and provides a value-add of AU$150 million to the George Town economy”. I want to pay particular thanks to Bridget Archer and Senator Richard Colbeck from the Liberals, and Ross Hart and Shadow Forestry Minister Joel Fitzgibbon from Labor for advocating for our project”.
Over the past 6 years Timberlink has invested over AU$27 million in upgrades to ensure the mill becomes internationally competitive, environmentally and financially sustainable. This final AU$3.5 million will allow us to complete our expansion. These funds will be used to purchase a new Green Mill Vision Scanning System.
“The fact that both major parties have committed to this funding commitment provides certainty to our organisation and will ensure that local softwood processing also remains strong, competitive and vibrant in Tasmania for many years to come”, Timberlink’s David Oliver said.
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