Officially opening the new headquarters this week, Jaala Pulford, Victoria’s Minister for Agriculture, said the new facility reinforced VicForests’ commitment to Victoria’s timber industry.

“The industry remains an important part of the Yarra Valley region and we want the community to be reassured that we are here for the long term.

“We will continue to collaborate with our wood and forest products industry to address issues facing the industry so we can better drive economic growth and create jobs across the state,” she said.

As Australia’s largest supplier of high quality hardwood sawlogs, Victoria’s forest and wood products industry brings significant value to the state in terms of employment, income and the expenditure it generates in Victorian communities, particularly in regional areas.

Ms Pulford added that Woori Yallock will witness the benefits of the new headquarters first-hand.

“This is a good outcome for Woori Yallock and will see the town benefit from additional economic activity,” she said.

Currently, 380 businesses are directly involved in the growing, services to forestry, and primary processing sectors of Victoria’s timber industry. These businesses provide rural, regional and metropolitan jobs for approximately 21,000 people.