West Australia timber towns left ‘stunned’ after Parkside announces closure of Manjimup and Nannup mills

By Georgia Loney & Jacqueline Lynch
ABC News, Australia
February 1, 2023
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

West Australia’s timber towns have been left ”stunned’ by the speed at which the industry is shedding workers ahead of a looming ban on the widespread logging of native forests.  More than 20 workers at Parkside Timber’s multi-million-dollar dry mill, which processes timber in Manjimup, are set to be out of work when it closes on Friday.  It comes two weeks after 45 workers lost their jobs when Parkside closed its mill in the nearby town of Nannup.   The ABC understands the Queensland company has made the decision that the mills are no longer viable as the state government moves to shut down the native timber industry by next year.   …WA Forestry Minister Jackie Jarvis said there was on-the-ground support to workers in both Nannup and Manjimup to help mill workers with support payments and retraining.

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