Minister visits Heyfield mill

AUSTRALIAN Sustainable Hardwoods management and more than 200 mill workers were none the wiser about their futures after a visit to Heyfield by Agriculture and Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford on Thursday.

After 18 months of being repeatedly invited to tour the facility by ASH chief executive officer Vincent Hurley, Ms Pulford stopped in for the first time to address workers facing an uncertain future.

The minister met with Mr Hurley, in addition to three shop floor delegates and three Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union representatives, embarking on a tour of the mill, sitting down to a lunch provided by the Cowwarr General Store and addressing the workforce.

According to Mr Hurley, during the workforce meeting, the minister gave an update on discussions, providing a timeline on the resolution, before answering some questions “to the best of her ability”.

Ms Pulford confirmed the visit was more of a familiarisation effort than an announcement.

For more read Tuesday’s Gippsland Times.