A $15.1 million Commonwealth package will provide assistance to freight logs salvaged from bushfire-affected plantations on Kangaroo Island to get to the South Australian mainland and then to sawmills with immediate capacity to process structural timber.
Tens of thousands of tonnes of structural timber will be the result of the subsidy package which will help build up to 10,000 more houses and support jobs in the timber and home building industries.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the South Australian Government had pledged up to $3 million to bring additional timber to the local housing industry and welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s new support package.
“This will be a game changer for South Australia’s housing construction industry and will significantly increase the amount of structural timber currently available,” Minister Basham said.
“With a valuable resource on Kangaroo Island ready for harvesting, the Marshall Liberal Government has been working closely with the Morrison Coalition Government to deliver a viable solution to getting this timber to market.
“The community now needs Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers to open up access to its bushfire affected pine plantations for harvesting and allow local sawmills to get busy.