Federal Member for Bass, Bridget Archer today visited Timberlink’s manufacturing facility at Bell Bay for the unveiling of a new world-class Green Mill Vision Scanning System.
The $5.5 million co-investment for the upgrade and modernisation of Tasmania’s largest softwood timber manufacturing plant was supported by $3.5 million from the Federal Government’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development Community Development Grants Program.
The new Vision Scanning System is designed to optimise every piece of timber and maximise the production of outdoor treated timber for the construction of decks and pergolas.
The Bell Bay Softwood Mill currently employs 200 people and provides a value-add of $150 million to the George Town economy, Timberlink’s Executive General Manager for Sales, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, David Oliver said at the unveiling.
“The upgrade will increase the volume of high-grade timber sourced from renewable pine plantations and create a workplace of the future, with high tech machinery improved accuracy, safety, and job security”
“Timberlink’s manufacturing operations are environmentally sustainable, provide vital local jobs and economic expenditure, and produce timber locally for use in the housing and construction industry in Tasmania and throughout Australia,” Mr Oliver said.
Minister Archer also said that growing manufacturing capability and securing jobs in the region was all part of her plan for northern Tasmania.
“When you have a strong economy and sound economic management like the Federal Government have delivered, you can make investments to grow our economy and build a stronger future for the community.”
“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,” Minister Archer said.
This investment supports a major upgrade recently announced by Timberlink of a $63 million investment to increase timber manufacturing in Tasmania by 50 per cent by 2025 and also increase Australia’s sovereign capacity to manufacture timber and build Australian homes.