Mill ready to host the pub­lic at open day

Alpine Observer - - People Around Town - BY TATE SPI­TERI

CARTER Holt Har­vey will hold its first pub­lic open day in six years next Sun­day.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited for a tour of one of Myrtle­ford’s key econ­omy driv­ers.

Tours will run from 9am to 11am and be fol­lowed by a bar­be­cue.

Site man­ager Ross Bar­low said while the mill had set up to host up 250 peo­ple they were un­sure what the turnout would be.

“It’s a pub­lic in­ter­est thing, lots of peo­ple that work here want to bring their fam­i­lies through,” he said.

“Peo­ple know it’s here and that we’re a big part of the town so it’s good to give peo­ple the chance to come in and have a look.”

Due to safety reg­u­la­tions the mill will not be run­ning at full ca­pac­ity but the bulk of the main ma­chines will still be run­ning.

“Peo­ple will see our fin­ished prod­uct go­ing through the line,” Mr Bar­low said.

Doc­u­ment con­troller Mal­colm Had­don said he hoped peo­ple would take the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend the day.

“It’s the only op­por­tu­nity they will get to see where their hus­band, fa­ther, mother, daugh­ter or son works,” he said.

The ply mill which em­ploys nearly 200 peo­ple is hop­ing to set­tle any un­rest that may re­main in the com­mu­nity fol­low­ing last year’s lock­out.

“We have been around a long time and hope to stay around for even longer,” Mr Had­don said.

“En­gage­ment with the com- mu­nity is key.”

Guests are asked to wear en­closed shoes and re­minded chil­dren under the age of 12 will not be per­mit­ted to en­ter due to safety re­quire­ments.

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