Hundreds of people from the Heyfield community have rallied to Parliament House in Melbourne this morning in support against the closure of the Heyfield Timber Mill.

Wellington Shire Councillor representing Heyfield, Malcolm Hole described the support from Melbourne and Gippsland communities as well as the timber industry in the north-east as phenomenal.

“Most of them will lose todays wages. Those who have bought their trucks down – I have heard a figure on the radio coming down, about $500 worth of fuel [will be spent],” says Mr Hole.

The local government are rallying for state and federal support for a timber-first policy as part of an industry push for its products to be a priority for more building projects.

“So we’ll have to be hammering that home to the Premier and his cohorts – our local government is strongly supporting the community,” says Mr Hole.