THE owner of the Dartmoor mill site, Carter Holt Harvey, has not ruled out the possibility of re-opening the site to generate timber-related economic activity.
CHH Woodproducts Australia general manager Ian Tyson said late last week the company was waiting on the economic climate within the timber industry to improve before making a decision on the site’s future.
“We are maintaining the site on a regular basis each month, and we do have equipment at the site in storage which is still usable … if the economy picks up enough, the site may operate again, but no decisions have been made,” he said.
He also said a planning permit application lodged by Gunns Ltd with the Glenelg Shire Council in January this year, to use part of the site for woodchipping operations, was presumptious.
“There have been no discussions between Gunns and us regarding future use of the site … they are just one of a number of applicants who have been lining up to use the site, but in this instance Gunns is really getting ahead of itself … there are no talks, no agreements and no plans regarding the site,” he said.
However, a spokeswoman for Gunns said on Friday the company had made the application on behalf of a sub-contractor – Tasmanian-based transport and woodchipping company Les Walkden Enterprises.
Read more in Monday’s edition of the Portland Observer.