Looking very good for 140, the team took time to celebrate.

Since 1882, Hyne Timber has been keeping Australians building. Five generations after the company was founded,  James Hyne hosted a community event as part of Tumbarumba’s annual Tumbafest.

“Hyne Timber has proudly sponsored Tumbafest for many years and this year’s event was perfect timing for us to also celebrate our 140 years with some of our key community supporters,” Hyne said.

“We wanted to give back to the wider community that has supported us through the 21 years we have been part of the town, so we sponsored the Hyne Community Markets to make them accessible to all without the need for a ticket.”

Hyne Timber also hosted a small marquee by the creek, with invited guests including Justin Clancy MP and Snowy Valleys Mayor, Ian Chaffey who both said a few words of support to commemorate the milestone.

James Hyne thanked the Tumbafest committee for getting into the birthday spirit and paid tribute to the many workers and the community around them who have helped the company survive and thrive through trials and tribulations – including the Maryborough flood that was inundating operations there as he spoke.

One of the Tumbarumba Mill’s longest-serving team members, Doug Peel, was invited to cut the birthday cake using a novelty, timber-handled hand saw.

“I’ve been working at the site in Tumbarumba for 42 years, double the time Hyne Timber has owned it, even after losing an arm there at 19,” Peel said

“It was a real honour to be part of the company’s 140-year celebrations with James Hyne and to be asked to cut the cake. The surprise hand saw certainly got a laugh from the crowd. It isn’t too often you see a cake cut like that!”

Image: Members of the Hyne team with the Snowy Valleys Council Mayor and Councillors.