Suc­cess story for Fu­mina South mill

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

The area has a pop­u­la­tion of only about 50 peo­ple but Fu­mina South can boast a busi­ness suc­cess story that is grow­ing jobs in an area where em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties aren’t plen­ti­ful.

Taylers Tim­ber’s sawmill doesn’t catch the eye of too many peo­ple.

It is in the hills about mid­way be­tween Noo­jee and Hill End and not too much traf­fic goes past.

But in­side the mill, where 10 per­ma­nent staff and oth­ers en­gaged when ad­di­tional con­tracts are won, it is a hive of ac­tiv­ity.

Prin­ci­pal David Tayler said the busi­ness, started about 20 years ago, was grow­ing each year.

Pro­duc­ing gar­den stakes ac­counts for about half of the mill’s pro­duc­tion.

Over a four-month pe­riod last year it turned out 480,000 tim­ber stakes to an al­mond plan­ta­tion in north­ern Vic­to­ria, pro­vid­ing work for an ex­tra 12 peo­ple dur­ing that time.

Last year it also supplied 140,000 tree stakes for coal mine off­set projects near Gunnedah in NSW and one-mil­lion tree guard stakes to help reveg­e­tate land along highways and for other en­vi­ron­men­tal projects.

About 4000 cu­bic me­tres of low grade saw logs is sourced by Taylers from VicForests each year and noth­ing goes to waste.

The tim­ber from 15 trees can be used to make stakes to sup­port 30,000 new trees planted, Mr Tayler said.

The mill also pro­duces fence posts, rails and pal­lets while saw­dust and wood­chips waste go to dairy and chicken farms and horse sta­bles.

Mr Tayler said all staff em­ployed were from Baw Baw Shire or the La­trobe Val­ley.

VicForests com­mer­cial tim­ber man­ager Bruce McTav­ish said Taylers Tim­ber was an ex­am­ple of the value of the na­tive tim­ber in­dus­try that con­trib­utes thou­sands of jobs and hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars to re­gional Vic­to­ria each year.

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