National forestry services company Harvestco has been awarded the contract to harvest, store and stockpile the first 200,000 tonnes of pine in the Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers estate. Harvestco started work on the Island in December 2020, clearing rows of trees alongside powerlines, as part of Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers fire prevention work in conjunction with SA Power Networks.
The harvesting of pine trees will be starting soon, with the logs needing to be cut to length and sorted according to potential future markets – logs, chips, pellets. Harvestco are looking to employ people for the work needing to be done on Kangaroo Island. A jobs expo will be held at the Kingscote Town Hall later this month with representatives from Harvestco, KIPT, Workskil and ATEC attending and harvest equipment available for inspection.
Harvestco will initially employ about 12 people for the Kangaroo Island work and will increase over coming years. The jobs will include operating machinery such as harvesters, forwarders, loaders and trucks.
Kingscote Town Hall
43 Dauncey Street, Kingscote SA 5223