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



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West Australia’s timber cities have been left ”surprised’ by the velocity at which the business is shedding staff forward of a looming ban on the widespread logging of native forests. 

Greater than 20 staff at Parkside Timber’s multi-million-dollar dry mill, which processes timber in Manjimup, are set to be out of labor when it closes on Friday. 

It comes two weeks after 45 staff misplaced their jobs when Parkside closed its mill in the nearby town of Nannup. 

The ABC understands the Queensland firm has made the choice that the mills are now not viable because the state authorities strikes to close down the native timber business by subsequent 12 months. 

‘Absolute shame’

The Shire of Manjimup had hoped Parkside would hold processing timber for an additional two years. 

Shire President Paul Omodei says his coronary heart goes out to the employees.

An elderly man in a suit standing in front of a tree
Mr Omodei slammed the Labor authorities’s dealing with of the native timber ban.(ABC South West Zoe Keenan)

Mr Omodei, a former Liberal chief, took goal on the authorities for driving the choice.  

“That is what occurs when governments make political choices about sustainable business,” he stated.

“The timber business is likely one of the authentic industries within the state.

“For the federal government to do what they’ve performed, with out a social and financial impression research, is an absolute shame.”

Mr Omodei stated the federal government wanted to indicate larger dedication to creating jobs in Manjimup, the historic centre of timber logging in WA.

“If the federal government had any good intentions they’d discover another business to relocate to Manjimup and make use of 100 folks,” he stated.

The ABC understands Parkside will proceed to course of a small quantity of timber in Nannup.

Authorities help for mill staff

WA Forestry Minister Jackie Jarvis stated there was on-the-ground help to staff in each Nannup and Manjimup to assist mill staff with help funds and retraining.

Jackie Jarvis stands in front of a garden
WA Forestry Minister Jackie Jarvis hopes former mill workers will discover different work.(ABC South West: Jacqueline Lynch)

“They’re on the bottom in these cities and shall be for a lot of weeks to come back,” she stated.

She was hopeful those that had misplaced their jobs in Manjimup would be capable of discover work.

“We all know that the shire president was, till a few years in the past, berating the state authorities about staff shortages,” Ms Jarvis stated.

“They’ve a extra diversified financial system; they’ve a giant agriculture sector.

“These 20 or so staff who’ve misplaced jobs in Manjimup at present — I might hope that the native financial system can decide them up.”