Rob de Fégely steps down as Chair of Cape York Timber
Rob de Fégely has stepped down as Chairman of Cape York Timber, the Indigenous sawmilling operation based in Cooktown in Far North Queensland.
“It has been a tremendous honour and immensely satisfying to lead the creation and development of this business,” Rob de Fégely said in Cairns.
“We started with very little in 2014 and could only afford to purchase second-hand sawmilling equipment but the business is now running profitably and selling a quality durable hardwood timber product. Cape York Timber is now employing nine young indigenous people who had very few employment prospects prior to the establishment of the sawmilling business.
“In addition to the sawmill we are also providing an economic opportunity for the Traditional landowners on Cape York to manage and improve their forests and gain an economic return in the process,” he said
“However, it has been disappointing that the Queensland Government has been unable to make a decision to allow access to some of their leasehold forests on Cape York. This access could supplement and stabilise our log supply and thereby support the economic development of a wholly indigenous business in a what is a very remote part of Australia,” Rob said.
The mill is now processing approximately 6,000 cubic metres of sawlogs per annum.
“I am particularly thankful to our previous general managers, Maurie Killeen and Shane and Kerry Sproule who physically built the sawmill and got it running profitably. I expect our new General Manager Glenn Downing will continue the great reputation that Cape York Timber has established as a local business and provider of quality hardwood sawn timber.
“I am also grateful to the support we have received from Curly Tatnell at DTM Timber who is not only one of our major customers but also an enthusiastic supporter of our project.”
Cape York Timber is a subsidiary of Cape York Enterprises which is an Indigenously owned trust.
“I would like to thank both Noel Pearson and Richie Ah Mat the Chair of the Cape York Land Council who have been great supporters as well as their fellow Cape York Enterprises Board Members including the Chair Danny Gilbert and staff including the CEO Duncan Murray, CFO Matthew Turner and General Manager Tim Beasley.
“I would love to stay as Chairman but I am overcommitted particularly with my main occupation as a Director with Margules Groome Consulting Pty Ltd. My replacement is Bryan Tisher the former CEO of Boral Timber and he will do a fantastic job.”
■ Rob de Fégely