A AU$106 million expansion at a timber manufacturing plant on the New South Wales central tablelands has been approved by the State Government. Borg Manufacturing has been given the green light to expand its existing medium density fibreboard (MDF) facility complex in Oberon to include more buildings for housing new machinery.
The plant is the town’s main employer, and supplies MDF to Australian and export markets. An assessment by the Department of Planning and Environment said the development would bring about AU$51 million to the local economy, creating 230 construction jobs and about 70 ongoing jobs.
In a statement Borg said it was pleased with the outcome after a “rigorous” two-year planning process with the department. “Borg is committed to the industry, and its investment in the Oberon facility to date demonstrates its long-term vision to build an integrated world-class reconstituted wood-based panels plant that the whole community can be proud of,” a spokesperson said.
The approval comes with a number of conditions, including air quality measures such as dust management, and noise reduction measures. Construction on the project is expected to begin in coming weeks and will take about 18 months.
Source: ABC News