Sites being assessed for new hardwood mill

The Hermal Group’s plantation hardwood mill and timber product manufacturing facility planned for Tasmania is expected to employ about 200 people when it is fully operational. The Melbourne-based Hermal Group announced in January it would go ahead with its timber mill somewhere in the Burnie area.

“It is true we have selected the site, but I can’t give you any details about the site at this stage,” Hermal Group senior manager of special projects James Lantry told the Advocate.

The company is believed to have considered a range of sites in the Burnie area. There have been signs of activity at the expected Hampshire site. Hampshire would make sense because of its proximity to Forico’s timber resource. Choosing it would also avoid the potential difficulties of constructing and running an industrial operation in or near a heavily populated area.

Forico, Tasmania’s biggest private forestry management company, will supply most of the timber for the mill. It said the project would involve Australia’s biggest “sustainable plantation-based hardwood mill” and the nation’s biggest hardwood timber products manufacturing plant.

Construction was expected to start later this year and to be complete by about mid-2020. The mill would be a significant economic boost for Burnie and the wider region.

Source: The Advocate

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