Neville Smith Forest Products (NSFP) has a deep connection with the people of Tasmania and has been operating since 1924. Our thoughts and well wishes go out to the communities and areas of the state, currently affected by bushfires.
We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Tasmanian Fire Service (TFS), Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT), TP Bennett and Sons Logging & Cartage Contractors, who together with our own employees, have bravely defended the Southwood timber processing facility (at Lonnavale) from multiple fire attacks over the past seven days.
Hundreds of Huon Valley families are directly and indirectly reliant on their primary source of income from the Southwood operation and associated forestry activities in the region.
The NSFP operation has been impacted by superficial damage to its primary mill building, external infrastructure, and the loss of saw logs and sawn timber on site. The full extent of the damage will be assessed when emergency warnings for the area have been removed and the threat of fire eases. In the meantime fire-fighting resources will be deployed on site as required and activated or diverted in line with the overall priorities for the region.
The NSFP Southwood operation will remain closed until such a time that;
The immediate risk of bushfire has passed
Damage has been fully assessed and the site has been declared safe as a workplace
STT have conducted an assessment on the production forest estate in the South
Electricity infrastructure and services are restored to the site
All NSFP Southwood employees will be paid in full during this period of closure, and staff kept up to date with information as it comes to hand.
NSFP is committed to the Huon region and Tasmania; we will be doing everything in our power to re-open our Southwood operations, as well as exploring further domestic processing opportunities for forest residues.
As the NSFP dry mill is located in Mowbray, Northern Tasmania, the supply of our high quality Tasmanian Oak products, at this point in time, remains unaffected.
In closing we would like to thank the people of Tasmania and Australia for your kind messages and offers of support during this challenging period.
Andrew Walker (Chief Executive Officer – NSFP)
James Neville Smith (Executive Director – NSFP)