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New initiatives to assist Scottsdale community.



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Innovation, Industry, Science and Research: Ministers and Parliamentary Secretary

NEW INITIATIVES TO ASSIST SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY

The Australian Government is working closely with the Tasmanian Government to create sustainable long term employment in north east Tasmania following the closure of Auspine's Tonganah sawmill in Scottsdale.

The Australian and Tasmanian Governments are concerned for the welfare of the workers dis

placed

by this closure and the longer-term economic sustainability of the region.

Therefore, the two Governments are committed to long-term investments to create sustainable jobs in the region, including using funds available from the former Scottsdale Industry and Community Development Fund.

Auspine was provided with funding through the Scottsdale Industry and Community Development Fund on the basis of that there would be no redundancies at the Scottsdale mills during the agreement period.

Gunns Ltd, which took over Auspine in February 2008, closed the Tonganah mill on 11 July 2008, with 135 permanent and casual workers being made redundant.

In the circumstances, the agreement will be terminated, and AusIndustry - the program delivery division of my department - will halt further payments.

The Australian Government’s priority now is to ensure that new job opportunities are created in the region and is working with the Tasmania Government and local community in the development of this job creation strategy.

Further details will be announced in due course.

Media contact: Catriona Jackson, Minister's Office, 0417 142 238

Innovation Minister > Senator the Hon Kim Carr

Media Release

Senator the Hon Kim Carr

07 Aug 2008