In­tro­duc­tion to Chris Crump

Australian Forests and Timber - - In The News -

Chris started cut­ting sleep­ers with a swing saw and an old Fergie trac­tor (in his own busi­ness 1978) af­ter he fin­ished a boil­er­mak­ing ap­pren­tice­ship in Mel­bourne.

Later Chris (and wife Dawn) ob­tained a monthly quota to cut rail­way sleep­ers for V/line - a por­ta­ble sawmill was pur­chased to in­crease pro­duc­tion and also be­gan ex­per­i­ment­ing with kiln dry­ing tim­ber which is now an­other branch of the busi­ness.

In 2010 NSW State For­est lost 107,000 hectares to be­come a Na­tional Park - we were one of only 2 mills that choose to ap­ply for a wood sup­ply agree­ment with For­est Corp. NSW.

A much larger mill was pur­chase and re­lo­cated to Mathoura from a Barham sawmill that had closed this kept some em­ploy­ment in the town which was hit hard by the loss of our forests.

Cur­rently we process the tim­ber with a twin edger and a Grey bench.

We sup­ply Bun­nings stores and sev­eral Mel­bourne tim­ber yards with red gum gar­den sleep­ers, fence posts, wood chips and fire­wood.

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