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Re-opened Tambo Sawmill delivers jobs boost to region

Media Release

JM091/2018

28 April 2018

Joint release with:

Andrew Martin

Mayor of Blackall-Tambo Regional Council

David Littleproud

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
Federal Member for Maranoa

  • Upgrade of the Tambo Sawmill is now complete
  • The upgrade provides a more efficient flow of timber from mill to customer
  • Coalition Government invested $340,550 thought the Drought Communities Program

Residents of Tambo have marked the opening of the revamped Tambo Sawmill, with the construction of a new shed and planing equipment set to pay dividends for customers.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the Australian Government is investing in local projects like the Tambo Sawmill—creating jobs and stimulating the economy in areas affected by severe drought.

“The Tambo Sawmill upgrade was funded under the $35 million Drought Communities Program, part of the Coalition Government's commitment to revitalising local economies affected by drought conditions,” Dr McVeigh said.

“This project created 18 jobs during construction, and will help sustain another 13 ongoing jobs for bench saw and planing machine operators, timber harvesters, log carters and mill labourers.”

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the upgrade included the installation of a solar system to reduce electricity costs.

“The project was identified as a critical investment for the region's future and will provide a more efficient flow of timber from mill to customer,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The new planing shed and specialist planing equipment will allow the finishing of timber on-site, enabling the efficient operation of the mill and better marketing of the sawmill's products.”

Mayor of Blackall-Tambo Regional Council Andrew Martin said before its closure in 2011, the mill provided a substantial contribution to the regional economy of Tambo.

“Re-opening the Tambo Sawmill will directly translate into more jobs in our region, more children at our school and more money circulating through our towns,” Cr Martin said.

The project was jointly funded with the Coalition Government investing $340,550, the Queensland Government $262,250, and Blackall-Tambo Regional Council $261,319.