The Federal Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, says Boral needs to make clear what commitment it has to the communities in which it operates.

In recent weeks Boral has announced the closure of plants in South Grafton and Walcha.
Ms Saffin says the CFMEU is understandably angry at the decision to close the mill and cut jobs, while still harvesting the local logs.

“I support the union’s call for the company to be held accountable on this issue,” she said.

“When the Regional Forestry Agreements were made, there was a reasonable expectation in the local community that along with the 20-year timber supply there would be jobs in the local area where the timber was sourced.

“I agree with Richard Torbay, the State MP for the Northern Tablelands, that it should not be an option for the company to mothball the Walcha mill while keeping the government contract to extract logs from the local State Forest.”

Ms Saffin said she was pleased to see the Mr Torbay had called an emergency meeting at State Parliament House for discussions on the Walcha mill closure.

Ms Saffin said the latest closures are disappointing and raise questions about whether Boral has any commitment to local workers and their communities.