South Australia Shadow Minister for Forests Adrian Pederick
CHH Shuts Doors And 207 Jobs Go
Victor P Taffa
News Carter Holt Harvey has closed down its Lakeside Mill and its Pine Mouldings plant is due to a lack of business confidence in South Australia thanks to the mismanagement of the State’s finances under the Weatherill Labor Government.
“If the Government had managed its finances properly, it would not have had to sell assets such as forward timber rotations and the forestry industry would not be facing mill closures and more job losses.” Shadow Minister for Forests Adrian Pederick said.
The news follows a breakdown in negotiations between the Labor Government and CHH on log prices and supply.
CHH have followed through with their threat and closed doors which will result in job losses for an industry that has been uncertain about its future since the Government proposed its plan for the forward sale of ForestrySA’s timber rotations.
“The news is devastating for the 207 employees that will lose their jobs when the doors to these CHH mills shut on December 14 and I sympathise with the families of these employees in the lead up to Christmas.” Mr. Pederick said.
“There must be no more of this in the South East and while news that some of these job losses will be offset by the creation of jobs at Carter Holt Harvey’s Jubilee Mill site is encouraging, the Government cannot sit idly on its hands.”
“Opportunities for co-investment under the $27 Million assistance package offered to local millers with contracts with OneFortyOne Plantations opportunities must be realised now.”
“The Government must act on any project in the forestry industry in the South East to ensure job losses and mill closures don’t continue.” Mr. Pederick said.
“Minister Koutsantonis said the ‘co-investment package is aimed at encouraging a viable and strong timber sawmilling industry.”
“Now is the time for the Government to put its money where its mouth is and start investing in this industry.”
“Local millers must be supported and the Government must start investing in the region in order to secure jobs now and into the future.” Mr. Pederick said.