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Pulp mill in Heywood.



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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au Web: www.davidhawker.com.au

Media Release The Hon David Hawker MP Speaker of the House of Representatives Federal Member for Wannon

21 December 2004

PULP MILL IN HEYWOOD

Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, welcomes the announcement today by Infrastructure Project Group (IPG) on its proposal for developing a pulp mill at Heywood, Victoria.

IPG’s $400 million CTMP mill seeks to balance important environment considerations with value adding to the forest products industry and sustainable jobs growth in South West Victoria.

CTMP stands for Chemi-thermomechanical pulp and refers to the pulping process. The process is noted for its high yield and is considered to be more environmentally acceptable than a chemical kraft pulp mill.

“This is great news for the region and a wonderful Christmas present,” Mr Hawker said.

“The $400 million pulp mill will further reduce imports of pulp for paper and create jobs, securing the future of our region’s blue gum plantations.

“This proposed pulp mill for Heywood could generate substantial export earnings for our region and create 50 direct jobs, more than 600 construction jobs and several hundred indirect jobs. This presents a significant opportunity for the creation of long-term jobs growth in Heywood and surrounds, and for the general up-skilling of the local workforce.

“As the Federal Member for Wannon I am delighted with the announcement and will work with IPG to help facilitate this exciting development.

“Today’s announcement together with recent initiatives involving mineral sands mining, gas fields, a new power station proposal, and the expansion of many other businesses, augers well for the future of our region.

“I applaud investment projects for South West Victoria that seek to balance economic, environmental and social objectives.”

Ends Media contact: Megan Campbell Ph 03 5572 1100