Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

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.