Labor promises help for Boyer’s new paper to make the cut

A STATE Labor government would back the Boyer paper mill by establishing a “buy local” policy for the purchase of copy paper across the state service and government business enterprises. “Currently, all copy paper used in Tasmania is imported, but Boyer-based business Norske Skog is determined to change that with an investment in new technology at the paper mill,” state opposition leader and Labor member for Lyons, Rebecca White said today.

“In a pilot program, Norske Skog has already produced 30 tonnes of copy paper but has had to send it to South Australia to be cut up and then shipped back to Tasmania on pallets,” Ms White said. “In order to finish the paper here in Tasmania, Boyer will need to invest in new machinery that allows them to cut paper in A4 sizes,” she said.

Labor’s “Buy Local” policy would give a 25% weighting to purchase locally-made paper, which Ms White said would be the first step to secure this new manufacturing opportunity and the jobs that go with it. “My Labor government will always put Tasmania first and I will strongly encourage other governments to support a local Australian business for their copy paper needs, rather than importing from overseas,” she said.

“With 100% of Australia’s copy paper needs currently imported from overseas, Norske Skog will be able to produce copy paper for the local market at the same price if not cheaper than current suppliers. Labor has already announced our ”Tasmania First’ energy policy that will support the operations at Norske Skog by providing them energy security until 2040. A Labor Government will put Tasmania first and do everything we can to support local jobs.”

The State Election will be held on March 23.

Picture: Steve Elliott, left, of Norske Skog Boyer, with Labor Leader Rebecca White, Norske Skog’s Rodney Graham, and local Labor candidate Casey Farrell at the Boyer Mill today.

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