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Green group: mill is unviable
Green group: mill is unviable

Jobs at the Auswest Timbers’ Deanmill processing centre will not last, according to conservationists.

WA Forest Alliance spokeswoman Jess Beckerling said millions of tax payers’ money was being used to compensate saw mills which went bust.

‘‘The reopening of Deanmill will not be good news for the workers who will be sent home again when Auswest, like Gunns before them, can’t make a profit and takes the massive compensation package and goes home,’’ Ms Beckerling said.

‘‘Auswest only signed in once the Barnett Government guaranteed them many millions of dollars in compensation when the timber runs out.’’

Ms Beckerling said the timber industry was economically unviable and needed thorough reform.

‘‘After decades of clearfelling and overcutting and now the serious impacts of climate change and spread of diseases, our forests can’t sustain this sort of operation any more,’ she said.’

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