Bondoola’s sawmill rejects claims it's closing down
A REPRESENTATIVE for Bondoola's sawmill has rejected claims the site has closed down and confirmed jobs would not be lost.
Ron O'Connor said production at the business near Yeppoon stopped last year while the owners waited for a crucial part to arrive from overseas, with the mill expected to fire up "any day now".
It follows the site's strong local job perspective when it opened two years ago, but now it is currently running on skeleton staff. Despite this, it is not expected the stop in work will result in any redundancies.
Mr O'Connor said the sawmill employed more than 20 people.
He said production could not go ahead without the part which was due to arrive last week and was allegedly lost at customs.
"We haven't worked since Christmas, just like a car can't run without petrol (the sawmill can't run without this part)," he said.
"It isn't closing; we are just waiting for a part to come from overseas.
"It's very important. I'm really panicking at the moment."
Mr O'Connor said the clock was ticking as the sawmill had orders to fill from local businesses.
"I don't blame them, we need to get back to work and start making money," he said. "It gets to the point you have to go and upset people at the end of the line, it's very hard.
"If they don't get the part soon I'm going to go right off."
The sawmill, owned by Tasmanian company Timber Marshalling Services, opened in March 2014 with "state-of-the art European technology", designed to finish products cheaply.
Three quarters of the mill was brand new and the rest was trucked from Tasmania in more than 55 truckloads.
When in full operation, the Bondoola site fulfilled 30% of Central and North Queensland's timber product requirements.