McKay’s Timber, the largest family-owned sawmill in Tasmania’s south, has stood down 30 of its workers – about a third its staff.
It’s reported that the McKay’s mill previously sent its waste to the recently closed mill in Triabunna.
The closure of the Triabunna mill meant the McKay’s mill had to send its woodchips to another mill, Artec, at Bell Bay.
But now that mill has also reportedly shut.
Forestry Industries Association of Tasmania CEO Terry Edwards said: “We’ve had a meeting of a number of industry players this afternoon with a view to identifying alternatives to deal with the issue in the short term, the medium term and the long-term.
“And we are hopeful that an alternative will be identified to enable McKays and other mills to continue to operate whilst longer term solutions are sought.”