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Tasmania invests in timber supply projects

The South Australian Government has released details of its record $12.9 billion infrastructure funding package that is expected to create around 80,000 construction jobs.

The Tasmanian Government will invest in seven timber and forestry projects to help the sector turn existing wood supplies, as well as wood residues, into higher-value products.

The projects will share in a $6 million Forestry On-Island Processing Program, which is planned to create a $23 million investment in modern processing and production processes in facilities located around the State.

The projects aims to add value to the current timber harvest, better utilise wood residue, help insulate the industry from international commodity markets, reduce the need for imported wood products and support the construction industry locally.

It will also help secure scores of jobs across Tasmania and lead to at least 30 new direct and indirect positions.

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The projects receiving funding include upgrades to processing facilities that convert low-grade plantation timber into high value boards and construction of wall and roof trusses to be sold across Australia.

The program also aims to improve timber recovery processes that will see more local wood replacing imported timber, increased output of treated pine products and an expansion of the amount of sawn timber and by-products generated from lower grade logs.

The projects are:

  • Timberlink Australia Pty Ltd – $1,063,304 to create a finger-jointing and priming line to convert low-grade and short length plantation pine into high value boards, fascia and posts.
  • CMTP Pty Ltd – $2,500,000 to upgrade their Branxholm Sawmill facility to a world class standard, significantly increasing processing volumes of sawn log at increased lengths, with an improvement in timber recovery. The additional sawn timber volumes will replace imported timber.
  • McKay Investments Pty Ltd – $1,049,235 to upgrade truss plant facilities for the manufacture of wall and roof trusses and install an upgraded finger jointing and laminating plant.
  • Britton Brothers Pty Ltd – $689,000 towards a specialised timber recovery line that will join short lengths of timber into useable long sections
  • GL & VN Barber Pty Ltd – $250,000 to upgrade the existing kiln drying facility and install timber moulding capability to produce sawn timber and by-products from lower grade logs
  • Koppers Wood Products – $250,000 to upgrade their Longford pine processing facility to reduce waste and significantly increase the efficiency and output of treated pine post-production processing
  • Bakes Sawmill Pty Ltd – $147,668 for the purchase, installation, and commissioning of wood treatment equipment to produce treated timber for a range of products – adding value to what is currently chipped residue wood.

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