Opinion

Mill closure terrible blow for Brooweena township

The Brooweena sawmill’s owners, Robertson Bros, are understood to be examining all options for the mill’s future.
The Brooweena sawmill’s owners, Robertson Bros, are understood to be examining all options for the mill’s future. Valerie Horton

EDITORIAL: Brooweena's fortunes are tied to its sawmill.

The town was built around it, and took off when the railway was built through the area, allowing easy transport of timber.

Surrounded by farmland, the tiny scattering of houses has developed into a proud, close-knit community - as shown by ventures such as the large historical museum, which is a labour of love by volunteers.

But as with any single-industry town, it is sadly susceptible to economic difficulties and it is about to face its biggest challenge yet.

The mill's closure was forced after its owners were told the main bench was unsafe to use.

It would be an expensive exercise to refit the mill to the standard it needs to be, and the timber industry is not what it used to be.

However, it is not all doom and gloom, and other mills such as Hyne are optimistic of an upturn in building to bring their industry back to life.

The Brooweena mill's owners, Robertson Bros, are understood to be examining all options for the mill's future.

Perhaps there is hope the venture could be bought out by a larger operator, refitted and reopened.

Whatever happens, we can only hope this is not the end of the line for a beautiful little town.

Topics:  brooweena, clementine norton, editorial, sawmill



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