An Australian timber processor plans to revive an underused mill at Manjimup, creating dozens of new jobs. Parkside Timber has invested $14 million in upgrading the facility, introducing new technology that uses shorter lengths of timber that would normally be wasted or turned into woodchips and value-add to karri and jarrah timber from new growth forests. Forest Industries Federation of WA chairman Ian Telfer said the new technology would enable Parkside to process most of its wood fibre into high-quality products, including pre-oiled decking for the domestic market. A pre-drier shed is also being repurposed into a 1000m-cubed kiln. Mr Telfer said the locally processed pre-oiled decking would be a first for the WA timber industryand would help to replace imports. Recruitment for 65 staff at Manjimup has started, with 10 full-time workers already secured. Manjimup shire president Paul Omodei said Parkside’s investment was significant for the town. The upgraded facility will sit alongside six other timber mills, contractors and associated businesses in the district. Meanwhile, a dry mill facility is being retired at Greenbushes but jobs would be diverted to an expanded green mill. Family-owned Parkside, which also has mills in Queensland and Victoria, purchased the Manjimup facility in 2019.