Victoria supporting businesses to employ ex-timber workers

Friday 24 May 2024

A Gippsland nursery is expanding its business and providing jobs for ex-native timber workers, thanks to a $775,000 grant from the Victorian Government’s Forestry Transition Fund. Nationwide Trees at Piedmont in West Gippsland, is using the grant to construct a multi-use production and dispatch shed, to help the business to meet growing demand.

To support the business’ growth, up to 10 impacted forestry workers and their families are being recruited via the Victorian Forestry Worker Support Program and trained to work in the new facility – tripling the business’ workforce. Two former mill employees have already been employed in administrative roles.

The $36 million Forestry Transition Fund supports job creation and business development in and around the native timber communities in Gippsland and the north-east of the state.

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Source: Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action, Victoria State Government

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