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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Peeler Mill Big Winner For North West - Bryan Green, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Peeler Mill Big Winner For North West - Bryan Green, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

The North West will be a big beneficiary of a major forestry industry development announced today.

Infrastructure, Energy and Resources Minister Bryan Green says one of the two rotary veneer mills proposed by Malaysian timber processor Ta Ann Plywood will be built at Smithton’s Circular Head Wood Centre.

“The Centre is an ‘investment-ready’ site developed by Newood for integrated timber processing, creating value-adding opportunities for Tasmanian regrowth timber.

“A staged development approach to the project is being undertaken between John Holland Development and Investment Pty Ltd and Forestry Tasmania.

“The go ahead for the peeler mill is delivering on the Forestry Growth Plan launched in November 1998 and which has nearly three years to run.

“The announcement of the new rotary veneer mill, with its 50 long term jobs, for Circular Head is fantastic news and compliments the existing timber industry in the area that this Government supports.

“The exciting news for me is that means more jobs and the value-adding of our timbers that we all want to see.

“We see now that the emphasis really has shifted from old-growth forests to regrowth and hardwood plantation timbers.

“There will be opportunities right through the private sector and that’s great news for employment in the North West.

“Much needs to be done to prepare for construction of the Smithton mill, with detailed site works yet to be undertaken.

“The next 12-month period will be needed to gear-up and prepare the site and ourselves to meet the workforce requirements of the mill.

“We have already seen Forestry Tasmania’s merchandising yard trials in Circular Head and the development of the brilliant Dismal Swamp tourism project, ‘just down the road’.

“Now we have a commitment to a new rotary veneer mill. I don’t think the commitment to this area by this Government or Forestry Tasmania could be more clearly demonstrated.”

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