Timber industry pioneers celebrate 70 years
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Timber industry pioneers celebrate 70 years

If Charles Fenning, who started Fenning Timbers in 1947 at Kendall in New South Wales, could see his legacy today he’d be very proud.

At today’s 70th anniversary function to celebrate the founding of Fenning Timbers, timber industry heavyweights; federal; state and local government representatives; Fenning Timbers staff and their families gathered to acknowledge the achievement.

Nationals Member for Gippsland East, Tim BUll, congratulated Leonard Fenning and the employees of Fenning Timbers on achieving this significant milestone.

“Fenning Timbers has achieved a remarkable feat, not only surviving, but thriving in the timber industry during a chaotic period of change," Mr Bull said.

“Fenning Timbers’ Bairnsdale plant is one of the most successful and modern hardwood plants in Australia.

“The business employs 36 people and makes generous contributions to a myriad of sporting organisations in East Gippsland. Fenning Timbers’ puts back into the community.

“It was uplifting to see Leonard presented with a silver 70th. anniversary commemorative tray on behalf of the staff by Ray Bell, who thanked Leonard for their ‘good jobs, safe jobs and secure jobs’.

“I am committed to continue to work with the timber industry to play our part in helping secure jobs. Fenning Timbers is a standout business where hard work, determination and new technology has brought employment stability, but that’s not enough to provide certainty of ongoing jobs into the future.

““State Government has to provide guarantees of long term access to resource supply for the industry to continue to invest.”


Caption: Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, congratulates Leonard Fenning, a fourth generation saw miller, on Fenning Timbers’ 70th anniversary.


Friday, September 22, 2017