- Council: Blackall-Tambo Regional Council
- Fund: Remote Communities Infrastructure Fund
- Category: Economic Development Infrastructure
- Round: 1
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.
- Electrical upgrade.
- Air compression system upgrade.
Disclaimer: Information on this page may change over the life of the project. Funding amounts referenced are as approved.