Dahlsens takes on timber workers in East Gippsland

Newmerella-based businesses Dahlsens Steel Truss and Frame and partners Built QA have received a $500,000 Forestry Transition Fund grant to expand their operations and directly employ up to 16 local native timber workers.

The business has begun employing former sawmill workers, and the grant supports new roles in steel truss and frame manufacturing, fabrication, labouring, and administration.

Over the next 12 months the grant will help expand the business’ operations on a former sawmill site at Newmerella. The site can potentially become Newmerella’s industrial hub, further boosting job opportunities.

Dahlsens Steel Truss and Frame Director Lachlan Heather is an Orbost local from a multi-generational family of native hardwood timber workers. He recently moved back to Orbost to establish the steel truss and frame business after seeing a market for steel products and access to a local workforce with a suitable skillset.

JC Dahlsen Pty Ltd Chairperson John Dahlsen said, “The Dahlsen family has been servicing Orbost and the surrounding area for over 100 years, and we are optimistic that the venture will be very successful and great for Orbost by offering local employment to support the retention of families in the area.”