Judy Kelso… long-term Tumbarumba employee and resident.

HYNE Timber Tumbarumba is in the process of adding a third shift as bushfire recovery salvage operations continue.

The site already employs about 230 people and is actively recruiting to a range of new opportunities and vacancies.

Site manager Marcus Fenske said the third shift was essential as the company did its part in bushfire recovery and increased locally-grown, plantation softwood timber supply to customers.

“Demand for our plantation softwood framing is very strong with one in four new homes across NSW constructed from product manufactured at Tumbarumba,” he said.

“The race is on to process as much salvaged, fire impacted pine logs as possible. Once we get the burnt bark off, the processed timber is great quality and continues to be delivered to around 400 different customer sites across NSW, Victoria and ACT.

The company has already recruited eight people, 50% of whom are women, as it continues a commitment to gender diversity at the mill. Training in multi machine operating skills has commenced.

Hyne Timber continues to work with all levels of government on the medium to long term challenges ahead given more than 50,000 ha of pine plantation is fire impacted in NSW alone.

“Until plantations are re-established in 20-30 years’ time, interim solutions for viable log supply requires government support,” Marcus Fenske said.

This includes prioritising all pine plantation for domestic processing over export, freight subsidies for Australian processors, and dedicated recovery coordination covering the longer-term issues of replanting and wood flow management.

About 7500 harvested plantation pine logs are processed each day resulting in daily structural framing volumes which would stretch from Tumbarumba to Sydney.