19 January, 2012

Deanmill timber mill workers return

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), January 19, 2012

The Shire of Manjimup in south-west Western Australia says the return of workers to the Deanmill timber mill is a significant step forward for the town.

Dozens of timber workers lost their jobs when Gunns Limited closed the mill early last year.

Auswest Timber, which bought the mill in December, switched its saws back on this week, employing 31 new workers.

It plans to employ 20 more when the mill is officially opened in March.

Shire president Wade De Campo says the future of Manjimup's timber industry is looking bright.

"It's created optimism I think in the air of the community," he said.

"Coupled with plans that we have for the timber industry for long-term as a local government, then I think the future is bright in that regard.

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