Burnie welcomes proposed Forest Industry Expansion

Burnie City Council welcomes the announcement by Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) that they are furthering their plans to establish a saw mill operation in Burnie.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, "Council has discussed this proposal with ASH representatives and the Coordinator General’s office in the past and will continue to do so over the coming weeks. We are very keen to work with all parties to progress this important development for Tasmania."

"The plantation based forest industry is important not only to Burnie’s economy, but also the wider region and the economic multiplier effect of a development of this scale would be very significant."

"The projected direct and indirect employment aligned to this project will be a further boost for employment in the Burnie region complementing recent announcements in the manufacturing sector, and predicted growth in the dairy industry."

"Council recently hosted a forum with key industry, UTAS and government representatives to discuss the current growth in the export forestry industry and future opportunities regarding innovation, downstream processing and skills and training opportunities."

"Council welcomes opportunities for downstream processing and value adding to our local forest industry. We believe our city; our resources, knowledge and the skills of our people are well placed to lead innovation in the industry. It is hopeful that this announcement has potential to provide impetus for the development of a Forest Industry Associate Degree at the new UTAS Community College. "

"The Burnie community knows only too well the impact of job losses and we certainly empathize with Heyfield as their community faces uncertain times."

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: jphillips@burnie.net