C3 plans for 40 extra forestry staff
ONE of Australia’s largest forestry logistics companies has major expansion plans for Portland, with up to 40 extra staff and tens of millions of dollars of investment needed in the next year.
C3 is eyeing the expansion due to the demand for its harvesting, infield chipping, haulage and log marshalling services.
The company currently employs 126 people in the region, a number that has mushroomed since it came to Portland in 2012.
C3 has six operations in Australia, with Portland unique in that it is the only one that handles both harvesting and log marshalling.
It is probably best known locally for its prominent timber storage depot on Canal Crt, handling about 600,000 tonnes of softwood logs annually at various sites around the city, but the vast majority of its work is in harvesting hardwood
chips that are exported out of the Port of Portland.
While most of its employees are based in Portland, there are others at Hamilton and Mount Gambier.
Forestry operations manager Gerald Harvey, one of the company’s original Portland employees, said C3 was in the middle of a growth phase that would see it require between 20 and 40 staff in the next year.
“There’s huge growth in a growth industry,” he said.
“We’re also looking to expand our footprint within the region. At the moment we’re only focused on harvesting hardwood (chips) but there’s a huge softwood industry in the region as well that we’re conscious of.”