Sunday , May 16 2021

Rodikton's Mayor "shocked" by biofuels company named Hockey Bay as the primary location

Sheila Fitzgerald fears her community will die if a new bio-combustion project from a UK-based company does not bring jobs in the region.

The Mayor of Roditon says the company is building its factory at Hawks Bay, leaving an empty plant and a sawmill in Rodikonton empty.

Fitzgerald said that citizens always assumed that the company would use the plant, which was built in 2011, but was never opened.

"People are being destroyed, we are shocked," she said. "There is a sense of betrayal. We believed that all this would happen here."

"Waiting to go back to work"

The factory was built by Holson Forest Products with at least $ 11 million from the provincial government. The object never opened.

Timberlands, a local subsidiary of the Active Energy Group, previously said it is considering Honson plant as its home in the North Peninsula.

Rodikkton, on the opposite side of the North Peninsula of the Hokka Bay, is excluded from the road to St. Antony, said the mayor. (Google Maps)

The company announced this week that it has signed an agreement with the provincial government for 100,000 cubic meters of timber on the North Peninsula and will begin to set up its operations.

Without it, it is also to reduce the road out in Plum Point.– Sheila Fitzgerald

"We were hoping they would come and open the doors," Fitzgerald said. "The people here just waited to return to work, because it was life, this was the history of this city."

Conditions in the agreement for protection of the local population

Forestry Minister Gary Byrne said the previous actions of Helson left the city with a bitter taste, but the government did not want to force the company to do anything that could intimidate the business.

"This is a decision made by the company itself," he said. "What we told the company is that we will not interfere with your business decisions."

Gary Byrne says the provincial government did not want to interfere with the new company's business decisions after a couple of years of economic depression in the North Peninsula. (Ted Dillon / PS)

Byrne said the government had imposed the conditions on the company built in its timber contracts to be used by existing sawners in the North Peninsula.

Timberlands will be required to offer up to 25 per cent of the total cubic meters of local sawmills, which means they are more likely to announce local mills.

Fitzgerald is concerned that none of the terms of the agreement will be translated into the jobs on the eastern side of the North Peninsula, from the road to St. Anthony.

Existing sawmills on the North Peninsula will benefit from the Timberlend deal, says Byrne, as they first take the logs that cut the company. (PS)

She realizes that the government has no more money to put it on stage for producing craft, but hoped that there would be more robust efforts to include Rodikonton.

"Our main industry is forestry and without it, it's the same as to reduce the road out in Plum Point," she said.

"In the end, these communities on the northeast side, these four small communities, will eventually die, because we are dependent on this resource."

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