Jobs to flow from mill upgrade
The Tasmanian Government has welcomed an $84 million upgrade that will secure the long-term future of Norske Skog’s southern Tasmanian paper mill.
The investment includes a $13 million State Government loan and $28 million in federal grants.
Norske Skog will convert one of Boyer’s newsprint machines to produce coated catalogue-grade paper.
The company will also close one newsprint machine at its New Zealand mill, and diversify into bio-fuels and renewable energy.
The Premier, Lara Giddings, says the development secures about 1,200 direct and indirect jobs in the state, and will create 100 construction jobs.
She says it is a vote of confidence in Tasmania.
“It’s fantastic to see a business that’s consolidating and has absolute confidence in Tasmania and its future here,” she said.
“We have competitors in New Zealand and Norske Skog have made the decision to consolidate their catalogue grade paper here in Tasmania, securing their business for the long term.
It is expected the upgrade will be completed in early 2014.
Regional Australia minister Simon Crean has told ABC Local Radio industry groups should follow the lead of Norske Skog as they negotiate Tasmania’s forestry peace deal.
“It is absolutely vital that the cooperation that has been shown in the case of the Norske Skog operation where the business and the Government interests have been able to come together, that’s what needs to happen in the ongoing forest talks,” he said.
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