Paper mill ends production, 75 jobs to go

The last roll of paper was produced on Monday at Shoalhaven Paper Mill, which has been operating for nearly six decades.

The South Coast Register reports that the machinery shut down at 12:25 pm, signalling the end of many jobs at the factory.

“When I woke up I thought this is the last day this place is ever going to make paper, and after making paper here for so long it’s pretty sad,“ warehouse and procurement officer Glenn Backhouse told the Register.

“It’s a sad day for all of us, and the Shoalhaven as a community.“

The ABC reports that the factory was built in the 1950s following a 10 million pound investment, opening in 1957. It was acquired by Japan’s Nippon Paper Group in 2009.

The mill had struggled to operate profitably in recent years, following reduced demand for its security-grade passport paper. Shoalhaven Paper was the only site in Australia to make the high-grade paper, which will now be imported.

The news that the factory would close came in February. The 75 jobs will be shed over the coming weeks, according to the ABC.