Timber towns of today are permanent regional fixtures along with
other industries abutting the forests. Many of our NSW timber
towns also house timber mills, transport hubs, ports, tourist
attractions and all the other trappings of regional towns. Gone
are the days of timber workers having to live in the forests. Today
vehicles and infrastructure move the workers safely and quickly in
and out of the forests.
As only a tiny proportion of the vast native forest estate is
harvested in any given year, timber towns around native
forests have grown and diversified and timber is one of a range
of industries supporting local economies. However, as the
geographically-concentrated softwood plantation estate has
matured, a new wave of timber towns has grown up in places like
Tumut, Bombala and Oberon where a significant proportion of the
population is involved in the timber industry.
Customers invest in infrastructure within regional towns to support
their timber processes as this image of a sizeable mill in Oberon in
the central west of NSW shows.