Rob de Fégely steps down as Chair of Cape York Timber

Australian Forests and Timber - - In The News -

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

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