The AU$5.5m co-investment in the continuing upgrade and modernisation of Tasmania’s largest softwood timber manufacturing plant is supported by AU$3.5 million from the Federal Government’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development Community Development Grants Programme.
The Bell Bay Softwood Mill employs 200 people and provides a value-add of AU$150 million to the George Town economy” Timberlink’s David Oliver said. “The upgrade will increase the volume of high-grade timber sourced from renewable pine plantation and creating a workplace of the future, with high tech machinery improved accuracy, safety, and job security”
Federal Liberal Member for Bass Bridget Archer said that growing manufacturing capability and securing jobs in the region was all part of her plan for northern Tasmania. “I was a strong advocate for this investment, and it is great to join with Timberlink today to celebrate the delivery of a word-class facility and the jobs it has secured for northern Tasmania” Ms Archer said.
This investment supports the major upgrade that was recently announced by Timberlink of an AU$63 million investment to increase timber manufacturing in Tasmania by 2025 by 50%.
Photo: Timberlink’s Site Manufacturing Manager at Bell Bay, Scott Freeman and David Oliver, EGM Sales, Marketing & Corporate Affairs with Mrs. Bridget Archer MP