The repercussions of Australian Sustainable Hardwoods’ (ASH) plan to close its mill at Heyfield in September are being felt across the forestry industry community.
While Heyfield braces for a closure that is tipped to devastate the local community, other operators across Victoria are voicing their concerns about what the impact will mean for them.
Today, I had the opportunity to discuss the issue with Philip McCormack of McCormack Harwood Sales, and see his operation that is based in Noble Park.
Needless to say, the Heyfield mill shutting down would have a huge impact on operations like McCormack, the businesses it supplies and the customers that depend on the products.
While I have been working to highlight the concerns and consequences with the Andrews Government, the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party will continue to raise the issue in Parliament when it resumes for the year on Tuesday next week.