Timber company pledges 100 jobs
A WEST Australian company has forecast its proposed timber veneer mill for the Northern industrial precinct at Bell Bay could bring up to 100 jobs.
Patriarch and Sons has lodged an application with the Environment Protection Authority for a rotary peel veneer mill and plywood mill within the Bell Bay industrial zone.
If the development passes the EPA and the George Town Council, the company would be a competitor to Ta Ann, which operates the state’s two existing rotary veneer mills.
George Town Mayor Bridget Archer said meetings with Patriarch and Sons signalled good news for her region.
Her understanding of the project was that timber products would be exported to Malaysia with between 80 and 100 full-time equivalent jobs to be offered to locals.
“They’re interested in socio-economic benefits for the region,” Cr Archer said.
“From what I understand they’re looking to get moving on it pretty quickly.”
An Environment Protection Authority spokeswoman said Patriarch and Sons lodged a notice of intent with the regulator in August this year and was issued an environmental effects report in September.
“The EPA is currently preparing comments on the draft EER which it received in October 2018,” the spokeswoman said.
“Once the EER is adequate, and a development application has been referred to the EPA, the application will be assessed by the EPA board following the two-week period of public advertising.”
Patriarch and Sons staff were contacted for comment yesterday but did not respond.
It is unclear whether the mill will use plantation or native timber.
The proposed site is listed online as selling for about $4 million in June this year.
Patriarch and Sons was registered in May this year and its ABN was updated in September.
A staffer for Richard Colbeck confirmed the Tasmanian Liberal senator was aware of the proposal but did not answer whether the company would be eligible for any Commonwealth subsidies.