Logging Industry

Brumby must follow in Gunns moral footsteps

Friday, September 10, 2010

The momentous announcement by Tasmania’s logging giant Gunns, to move out of all native forests should have a major impact on Victoria’s and Gippsland’s logging future.

“Just as the woodchip industry is suffering its biggest downturn in decades, just as the Supreme Court ruled in favour of endangered wildlife protection over logging, Victoria’s largest sawmiller, Gunns, has decided to shift out of native forests and into plantation logging”, said Jill Redwood from EEG.

130 timber jobs axed in plantation sector

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Carter Holt Harvey, a plantation wood processing company in South Australia's southeast told its workers it will will axe another 130 jobs, after last year cutting 90 jobs at the plywood plant. If this is happening in the plantation processing sector, which supplies 80% of all building products in Australia, the native forest sector must also be feeling the pinch.

Add to this, the demise of ther export woodchip market and no wonder there's such a push to develop wood-fired power plants in areas like East Gippsland and Eden.

Brodribb mill crashes

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Brodribb Mill that was trading as Lakes Hardwood and Sawmilling just east of Orbost, has gone down apparently owing $3.2M. This mill had the receivers in not that long ago under another owner. Readers might remember the office and all bookwork burnt down during winter in the middle of the night during the worst rain event for years. Police thought it was a tad suspicious. The receivers are in again with more security this time you'd hope. The workers are left with over $350,000 owed in super and other entitlements.


Saturday, October 11, 2008

Don Burke supports what many see as the biggest drought inducing, climate changing, extinction enhancing, environmental brutes in Australia. And just as Gunns has done to Tassie, Burke has done to his own credibility - viciously trashed it.

More than a gardener, Don Burke is chairman of the Australian Environment Foundation, a lookalike false green group that's really an industry front. It was set up by the right-wing think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. This sham enviro-group supports GE, logging, nuclear power and is full of climate change deniers.


Sunday, August 24, 2008

Bob Humphries (the old woodchip war-lord) pulled his annual stunt last August of threatening to sack his workforce, which would bring the entire town of Cann River to its knees, unless he gets more or cheaper logs. The town has a population of about 300 and Bob employs nine of them. Still, he seems to always get blanket media and then gets his way. After two weeks of carry on, his saw benches were back screaming through logs like nothing had happened.

Pollie-logger love-in

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

What a spectacle we had during the Gippsland by-election campaign. All candidates (except the Greens) were grovelling in front of the logging and coal industries. Michael O’Connor (CFMEU)huffed and puffed on radio for one 30 second news grab and the next day pollies were buckling at the knees pledging their loyal devotion to logging and coal burning.

The, Nats, ALP and Liberal Parties all ignored the wishes of the wider electorate and fell in behind the two worst climate destroying industries in Australia.

Skills shortage threatens forestry sector

Friday, May 23, 2008

A critical skills shortage is threatening the future of the wood and paper products industry. A plantation company, ITC, said foresters, saw doctors, wood machinists, harvesting machine operators as well as general tradies like electricians, engineers, fitters and truck drivers were all hard to find. This worker drought even includes a lack of administration, accounting, management and marketing people. That's been fairly obvious for years in the native forest sector though. It's hardly surprising that young people don't want to study forestry just to then help cut forests down.

Blue gum farms awash with jobs

Monday, May 5, 2008

There are 1,000 jobs vacancies on offer in logging that are secure, well paid and conflict free. Labourers, fallers, truckies, admin. staff, logistics, mechanics, engineers and supply staff are all needed to get the plantation industry running in Western Victoria. Trees are now mature and screaming to be processed but there is a shortage of workers. The Southern Grampians Shire needs to import the skills and is looking as far afield as WA.

BROWN MOUNTAIN - a short history

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Brown Mountain was assessed and listed as an old growth National Estate area by the Commonwealth Heritage Commission in the 1980s.

That means it has the same values as a National Park. The management of these areas were handed to the state government which promptly set about clearfelling them in 1989.