EXCLUSIVE: Jobs go offshore

EXPORT READY: A forest-product carrier docks at the Port of Portland with stacks of raw timber on the wharf.

MOUNT Gambier could be losing out on timber industry investments of more than $300m – including the creation of 600 jobs – because of raw log bypassing local processors in favour of Chinese export markets.

Member for Mount Gambier Troy Bell, yesterday warned China’s insatiable demand for raw wood product out of the South East was costing jobs and not about to slow down.

Mr Bell said he had been approached

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