Tasmanian government supports efforts to identify 'new proponent' for former Gunns' proposed pulp mill project in Tasmania, says Premier Lara Giddings

LOS ANGELES , November 28, 2013 () – Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings said that her government supports efforts to get a pulp mill built in the state, citing weak construction figures, reported The Advocate on Nov. 28.

The process in which Gunns Ltd.’s receiver KordaMentha is trying to identify a “new proponent” for the proposed project has the government’s “strong support,” she said.

The importance of having the pulp mill built is underscored by recent figures showing weak construction activity in Tasmania, noted the premier, The Advocate reported.

For the third quarter, the value of total construction work in the state was down from a year ago by A$66 million (US$60.1 million), according to Australian Bureau of Statistics’ data released on Nov. 27.

The pulp mill project would “stimulate unprecedented engineering and construction activity,” Giddings told The Advocate.

The primary source of this article is The Advocate, Burnie, Tasmania, on Nov. 28, 2013.

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