McKay Timber expansion a positive sign for future of Tasmanian forest industry

12 June, 2015

Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, today joined Tasmanian Premier Will Hodman to officially open the McKay Timber sawmill redevelopment at Bridewater.

"It is great to see McKay Timber express their confidence in the future of the Tasmanian forest industry through this significant expansion," Senator Colbeck said.

"It is encouraging to see the forestry industry emerging from difficult times due to an increased demand for timber and timber products. Timber is the building material of the 21st century and has proven environmental benefits which are beginning to be recognised around the world."

Senator Colbeck said the Coalition recognises the importance of a strong and sustainable forestry industry, especially in regional communities like here in Tasmania.

"We are committed to revitalising the industry ensuring the industry can capitalise on future opportunities," he said.

This $2.25 million investment is the final stage of the $5.25 million McKay Timber Bridgewater sawmill redevelopment and will provide employment for 10 people.

120615 McKay Timber expansion a positive sign for future of Tasmanian forest industry
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