Cement Australia has announced its intention to mothball its facility at Parkhurst, Rockhampton from September this year. All 31 plant employees will be offered alternative jobs within the company.
The mothballing of the plant has been necessary due to the Global Financial Crisis which has reduced volumes significantly, compounded by recent, significant increases in State Government taxes and charges.
The introduction of the Federal Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme has meant the long term prospects for the plant have been undermined so the business has taken a decision to resolve the matter in fairness to our employees.
”Mothballing means we no longer produce any product from the plant but we will maintain the manufacturing operation to a condition that allows us to start up production again should major market forces change.” Chris Leon, Cement Australia CEO and managing director said.
Continuity of the supply of Cement Australia’s off white cement will not be compromised by the changes and operations at Gladstone and Bulwer Island (QLD), Kandos (NSW) and Railton (TAS) will not be affected.