Bath reiterates support for West Gippsland Native Timber Jobs

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath has reiterated her support for native timber workers in East Gippsland following her tour of A.G Brown Sawmills in West Gippsland.

Ms Bath visited both the Noojee and Drouin West mills meeting with staff to gain a better understanding of their jobs and the high end timber products manufactured locally in West Gippsland.

Ms Bath said she was highly impressive with the A.G. Brown Mills’ operations which produced 100% homegrown and manufactured Victorian hardwood products for the Australian market.

“It was evident that employees loved their jobs and held a passion for working with high quality Australia grown products.

“Watching the AG Sawmill team in action was a privilege. 

“Each employee took time to speak with me and explain their role.  I came away with a wealth of information on the uses of quarter sawn timber, half sawn timber, heartwood and F17. 

“A highlight of the tour was meeting Noojee local Melissa Halligan who works as the only female saw doctor in Australia.”

Ms Bath said it obvious A.G Brown Sawmills provided a safe and supportive workplace which embraced diversity, inclusion and second chances.

“Through employees hard work, a feature of Gippsland is worked up to create high quality window frames, bench tops, cupboards, furniture and stair cases, balustrades, hand rails and posts gracing thousands of homes across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and regional Australia,” said Ms Bath.

“West Gippsland’s native timber industry is an important contributor to Australia’s building industry and supports ten of thousands of jobs in Victoria, many of which are in our own backyards. 

“Sadly, Mills like A.G. Brown and timber jobs are a threatened species as Daniel Andrews plans on shutting Victoria’s native timber industry in 2030. 

“Our locally grown and manufactured sustainable timber industry is in serious jeopardy, with Labor preferring to replace it with imported rainforest timber from third world countries. 

“Victoria’s native workers produce world class timber products under the most stringent regulations and instead of canning local jobs, Labor should be supporting, embracing and promoting the industry.

“I have no confidence in Daniel Andrews, and I’m committed to supporting Victoria’s native timber workers. 

“My Nationals colleagues and I will keep fighting to retain timber jobs and will scrap Labor’s idealistic decision to shut the industry if successful at the next state election,” Ms Bath said.

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