Minister Inspects Latest Timber Industry Technology

Minister Inspects Latest Timber Industry Technology

Tasmania Minister for State Growth Matthew Groom

Hydrowood Project Launch

Victor P Taffa

The Hodgman Tasmania State Government is committed to helping businesses create jobs and grow the economy and one of the innovative local initiatives currently doing just that is the Hydrowood Project, Minister for State Growth Matthew Groom said.

Mr. Groom today had the chance to inspect the advanced AquaTruck Survey Vessel which is being fitted with the latest underwater sonar technology to assist in the recovery of specialty timbers from Lake Pieman through the project.







“The Commonwealth Government has provided $5 Million under the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package for the Hydrowood Project. This project is expected to create up to 20 full time positions in the construction phase.” Mr. Groom said.

“The new project will recover specialty timbers from lakes in Western Tasmania, which were submerged during the creation of hydroelectric schemes.”

“Hydrowood is a highly innovative project, utilising specialised equipment to recover standing timber underwater in these lakes. It will provide access to a unique resource of Tasmanian’s highly valued special timbers.”

“Recovered or salvaged timber is a growing niche industry across the globe and with Tasmania’s unique timbers, this project will allow Tasmanian furniture makers, sawmillers and craftsmen to access new markets. The project is being undertaken by a Tasmanian forest management company, SFM Environmental Solutions.”

“The equipment to undertake this project is highly specialised, and is being developed by range of local companies, due to their significant skills and expertise in advanced maritime manufacturing. These companies include AquaTruck, Taylor Bros, Island Marine and William Adams Caterpillar.” Mr. Groom said.