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End of an era demands bipartisan approach to help Burnie work towards a brighter future



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Senator Stephen Parry Chief Opposition Whip in the Senate Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate Liberal, Tasmania

MEDIA RELEASE

Tuesday April 13, 2010

End of an era demands bipartisan approach to help Burnie work towards a brighter future

PAPERLINX’S disappointing decision to close its Burnie mill heralds the end of an era in the city and demands a bipartisan approach from all levels of government to help the community look to the future, Liberal Senator Stephen Parry said today.

“The `pulp’ is an institution in Burnie; over the years the mill employed thousands of locals, brought great wealth to the community and arguably laid the foundations for a town to become a city,” Senator Parry said.

“Today’s decision was not entirely unexpected b ut it will come as a blow to this community, to the workers who will lose their jobs and, of course, their families.

“Burnie has taken more than its share of knocks in recent times and the city needs assistance to help it look to the future, to new industries and new opportunities.”

Senator Parry called on both state and federal governments to establish a bipartisan working group in recognition of the devastating job losses visited on Burnie through not only the closure of the paper mill but also the downsizing of the city’s largest private employer, Caterpillar Underground Mining.

“The community would expect that all our local business, community and political representatives work together to ensure a bright future for Burnie,’’ he said.

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