Tarpeena’s Timberlink sawmill has received a 10-year sawlog contract in a bid to support local jobs and ease the pressure on supply chains. The supply agreement means the facility will process timber from state forests in the Mount Lofty Ranges, with no logs of sawmill quality to be exported.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said ForestrySA timber from the Mount Lofty Ranges will help achieve growth in local South Australian sawmills and support local jobs in regional communities with new contracts awarded.
“Sawmills in the Adelaide Hills, the South East and Mid North will benefit from the outcomes of ForestrySA’s recent tender for long term supply of timber from state forests in the Mount Lofty Ranges,” he said. “In a strongly competitive national and global market for timber, it is exciting to see local sawmills successfully secure supply contracts with ForestrySA.
“We know how important local sawmills are to our regional economies and these supply contracts will help support South Australian businesses and local jobs. “Demand for timber has increased with the local housing industry booming, which is great news for the South Australian economy, but has put real pressure on supply chains. “A recent tender process for log supply from ForestrySA has resulted in new long-term supply agreements, helping to secure the future of the domestic processing industry.”
ForestrySA chief executive Julian Speed confirmed the volume of local logs being processed in regional South Australia would now increase significantly. “Whilst market demand plays a role in allocation of ForestrySA’s logs, we are particularly pleased to be able to award increased volumes to the domestic wood processing sector,” Mr Speed said. “ForestrySA has developed some strong and very rewarding customer relationships which are now proving beneficial for the long term.”