Posted April 20, 2018 11:07:50 The construction of the Queensland’s biggest timber mill has been delayed by mud and clay clogs in the hope of freeing it from a mud and cement wall.
Key points:The new project will be the biggest in Queensland since the construction of Coronac Logistics CentreThe Queensland Government has confirmed the project is on hold for two yearsConstruction of the mill is expected to start later this year.
The project has been in the works since the early 2020s, when the former Queensland Government timber processing facility was abandoned and demolished.
“The mill is a large project, and it’s a huge project that we’re very committed to,” Queensland Environment Minister Matt Canavan said.
“We know we’ve got the resources to get it going, but it’s been a bit of a slow build-up.”
The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage, or DECEH, said the project would have a major impact on the state’s natural heritage and its ability to recover.
“There’s an enormous amount of timber being harvested in the state, but we’re not the only ones.
We know that other industries around the state are using that timber for their own purposes,” DECEH Director-General Ian Wren said.
A mud and rock wall blocking the mill in Maroochydore, east of Brisbane.
“Mud and clay are not good for anything, it’s not a good environment for a timber mill,” Mr Canavan told ABC News 24.
“It’s a major waste of resources.”
The new mill, which is expected start construction later this month, is expected replace the old Queensland Department for Primary Industries and Resources (DPIR) facility.
The new Mill will use reclaimed timber, a material from the pulp industry, and will be operated by a partnership between the state and the private sector.
It will be a “huge investment” for the state because of the significant value it will add to the environment, Mr Canavansaid.
“You can’t have a great environment without timber.
You can’t even have a good natural environment without a great timber,” he said.
The state Government confirmed that the project will not begin until at least the end of 2020.
The Mill is expected in Queensland for two decades.
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