Sawmiller backed by the Greens Capricornia candidate
TASMANIAN sawmill company Timber Marshalling Services found an unlikely ally this week in The Greens candidate, Paul Bambrick.
Mr Bambrick came out in strong support yesterday of a proposed sawmill for the Byfield area, saying it should be located as close as possible to the Byfield forests where TMS had secured supply of pine timber.
"The proposed sawmill is a positive for the local economy, localising production in the region and decentralising Queensland," said Mr Bambrick.
Brendon O'Connor, joint owner of TMS, said the mill had the unique ability to process small, low-grade logs into commercial lumber.
"This allows both softwood and hardwoods to be utilised and is a clear alternative to other practices.
"The location of our mill allows my company to supply local industry with suitably priced lumber as an alternative to imports … and cut down the number of trucks using the Bruce Highway."
Mr Bambrick said timber was the clean, green building material with a low-embodied energy which locked up carbon instead of burning coal to make steel.
TMS's future outlook is to introduce a bio-coal product into Stanwell power station.
"Although our production would be a drop in the bucket of what's utilised, we believe that a carbon positive product is a truly positive step forward," said Mr O'Connor.
"Our proposed mill is one of the most energy-efficient mills in the world."