Upgrading the machinery and equipment at the council-owned sawmill will improve its efficiency and safety ahead of its planned re-commissioning as a commercial operation, bringing jobs and new residents to the town.
Total project cost
* Average number of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs supported by project construction (based on Queensland Treasury's Guidelines for estimating FTE jobs directly supported by the capital works program).
Without Building our Regions funding, council had no capacity to fund the project to turn the sawmill into a commercial operation, through a lessee, as the cost to ratepayers would have been prohibitive.
Council estimates the reopened mill will provide 13 full-time equivalent jobs, representing a 6% increase in employment in the Tambo district and injecting $1.3 million annually into the local economy.
New employees may move to the town, boosting school population numbers and creating further job opportunities.
Council is considering value-adding ideas for the sale of sawdust and mulch, which will open a new revenue stream.
Retaining and attracting new employees, and possibly increasing numbers at the childcare centre and school, will boost spirits in a community hard hit by drought and mining downturns.
Increase in community social infrastructure, with new members for the pony club, swimming club and other groups.
Strict conditions will ensure the cypress pine is responsibly harvested.
Mechanical upgrades including in-feed decks, conveyors, edger, twin saw, single and two-man saw benches, round stacking table, saw sharpening.