Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Benalla’s Ryan and McNulty Sawmills will use plantation timber to produce pine beams for construction and housing markets, backed by funding from the Andrews Labor Government.

The Benalla Sawmill has received $100,000 in funding from the Victorian Timber Innovation Fund -with plans to assess how they can use pine logs to extend their production line.

This business will share in more than $2.4 million in grants across the state to extend the use of plantation timbers to make new products in different ways.

For almost 80 years Ryan and McNulty has been part of Benalla manufacturing landscape providing timber jobs for generations. The sawmill now employs around 50 staff who produce a range of products for the building industry.

Through the Victorian Forestry Plan, Ryan and McNulty have previously received funding to develop a Business Transition Plan to support them moving to plantation-sourced timber.

The Victorian Timber Innovation Fund offers the opportunity for the industry to embrace innovation and new ways of working for a future industry that has plantation timber playing a central role.

The Andrews Labor Government is working to transition the native forest industry to a range of new opportunities by 2030 through the Victorian Forestry Plan, setting up a strong plantation-based sector.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas

“The Victorian Timber Innovation Fund is supporting businesses to develop new ways of working with new sources of supply, and retaining local jobs while doing so.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“Ryan and McNulty have been a long-time major employer in Benalla and by taking up the Victorian Timber Industry Innovation funding they are able to investigate and make changes now so they can be in the best position to grow in years to come.”

Quotes attributable to Ryan and McNulty General Manager Greg McNulty:

“The Victorian Timber Innovation Fund allows us to explore how we can utilise plantation-based timbers to ensure the longevity of the business and secure local employment opportunities.”