New growth for Tassie timber mill

Media Release

FN031/2017

06 March 2017

  • $2.81 million Ling Siding Integrated Timber Processing Hub now complete.
  • New Hub will be a major boost for local employment.
  • Funded under the Coalition Government's Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package.

The Ling Siding Integrated Timber Processing Hub officially opened today following a
$2.8 million investment from the Coalition Government to refurbish the former Gunn's mill. 

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Coalition Government's investment was crucial to ensure the establishment of an integrated timber-processing hub to support sustainable job creation in the region.

“The Coalition Government's investment in this project has allowed Dorset Renewable Industries to invest in new infrastructure and undertake environmental research that will lead to new jobs in this region,” Minister Nash said.

“Twelve jobs were created during construction, and an estimated 15 ongoing jobs in the hub are predicted to build and strengthen the region's current workforce,” Minister Nash said.

“It is my aim to build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and investments in new jobs like these are a big part of that.”

Tasmanian Liberal Senator David Bushby said the Coalition Government's $2.8 million investment was made under the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package.

“This new timber processing hub will open up new markets and create new opportunities in the region,” Senator Bushby said.

“This is an investment in sustainable operations to recreate economic and community wealth now and well into the future,” Senator Bushby said.

Mayor of Dorset Council Greg Howard said this is a win-win for the Dorset and Scottsdale community. The Hub will help energise the community, bringing people into the town to buy locally produced products.

“This is an important part of our heritage, the first sawmill was owned and operated by a local French family for over 30 years, and it is heartening to see the tradition continuing,” Cr Howard said.