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BURNIE CITY Coun­cil is rapt that Aus­tralian Sus­tain­able Hard­woods (ASH) is fur­ther­ing plans to es­tab­lish a saw mill op­er­a­tion in Burnie.

“Coun­cil has dis­cussed this pro­posal with ASH rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the Co­or­di­na­tor Gen­eral’s of­fice in the past and will con­tinue to do so over the com­ing weeks. We are very keen to work with all par­ties to progress this im­por­tant de­vel­op­ment for Tas­ma­nia,” said Burnie City Coun­cil Mayor Anita Dow.

“The plan­ta­tion-based for­est in­dus­try is im­por­tant not only to Burnie’s econ­omy, but also the wider re­gion and the eco­nomic mul­ti­plier ef­fect of a de­vel­op­ment of this scale would be very sig­nif­i­cant.”

The Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to buy out the Aus­tralian Sus­tain­able Hard­woods mill in Vic­to­ria will not re­duce the like­li­hood of an ASH mill in Burnie, ac­cord­ing to Tas­ma­nian Re­sources Min­is­ter Guy Bar­nett.

Ac­cord­ing to The Ad­vo­cate, Her­mal Group chief ex­ec­u­tive Clin­ton Tilley said the com­pany would still pur­sue a pro­posal for the Burnie mill.

Mr Tilley said Her­mal Group re­mained a “long stand­ing, very sta­ble pri­vate com­pany”.

“In fact the sale of the ASH busi­ness sim­pli­fies things for Her­mal Group in terms of Tas­ma­nian pro­posal,” Mr Tilley said.

“The sim­pli­fi­ca­tion is in the fact that the Her­mal staff are a small group of staff and this trans­ac­tion frees up the staff to have more time to spend on our other busi­ness in­ter­est such like the Sul­li­van’s cove dis­tillery and the pro­posal for our new op­er­a­tion in Burnie.”

“Our dis­cus­sions with the com­pany have been ex­tremely pro­duc­tive and we will con­tinue to work to­gether to help bring a new mill to the State,” Re­sources Min­is­ter Bar­nett said.

Man­ager for spe­cial projects with Her­mal Group, a par­ent com­pany, James Lantry said the com­pany would need around 300,000 cu­bic me­tres of eu­ca­lyp­tus nitens (E.nitens) tim­ber per year.

Mr Lantry said Tas­ma­nian E.nitens had been man­aged for the pro­duc­tion of chip and is there­fore gen­er­ally younger, smaller and not as straight, which means us­ing dif­fer­ent milling tech­niques with dif­fer­ent saws.

He said E.nitens is not a tim­ber that is used for kiln dried fin­ished saw log prod­ucts.

“No­body in the world knows how to turn E.nitens into a sawn kiln dried prod­uct, but we can,” he said.

Mr Lantry said ASH had al­ready sourced Tas­ma­nian plan­ta­tion E.Nitens in their tri­als to en­sure they could get the strength needed in the pro­posed tim­ber prod­ucts.

Mr Lantry said any new mill would re­quire new saws and as­so­ci­ated in­fra­struc­ture both in the green mill, turn­ing logs into slab, and for the dry mill, milling slabs into tim­ber.

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