42 jobs saved in Gympie with Queensland Government help
Workers have returned to the former Carter Holt Harvey timber processing facility to begin manufacturing again following an agreement with the Queensland Government and Laminex Australia through the $150 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the Palaszczuk Government has worked with two local businesses – Corbet’s and Laminex – to reopen the Carter Holt Harvey timber processing facility, after the business announced earlier this year it would close the facility this month.
“We understand how important jobs are to regional Queensland and particularly in areas like Gympie,” Minister Dick said.
“That’s why we worked hard to facilitate the reopening of this important facility and ensure 42 locals could stay in work.
“Laminex has so far employed around 42 former Carter Holt Harvey employees, who started induction last week
“I am very impressed with the spirit of cooperation from all stakeholders and the collaboration between government and industry through Queensland Rail, Gympie Regional Council, Corbet’s and Laminex to help generate a positive outcome for employees.”
The Minister said the investment by Corbet’s and Laminex is important for not only Gympie but the entire Wide Bay region in terms of jobs, the timber industry and regional manufacturing.
“Securing new investment in this timber manufacturing facility is another example of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to creating and supporting jobs for regional Queenslanders,” he said.
10,000 jobs have been created in the Wide Bay region since January 2015, part of more than 192,000 jobs created in Queensland since the Palaszczuk Government was elected.
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