Norply workers snapped up
By SHAN GOODWIN
KYOGLE'S Kimberly Manning was holidaying in Cairns when the timber factory she worked in, Norply, burned down.
But before she arrived home, she had another job.
About 30 of the 140 Norply workers put out of work when the sawmill was destroyed on September 15 now have jobs.
Since then, the town's IGA supermarket, the Northern Co-operative Meat Company at Casino, Ford Timbers in Woodenbong, and even a laminating design business in Kyogle have all taken on workers.
Boral Timber's Murwillumbah factory also held an interview day for Norply workers last week.
Kimberly will start work on Monday in internal sales for Big River Timber's wholesale division in Bris- bane. The company rang her in Cairns the morning after the fire. The 22-yearold, who grew up in Kyogle, was ecstatic.
The Kyogle Emergency Disaster Relief Fund received a big boost yesterday when Tasmanian-based forestry products company Forest Enterprises Australia Ltd gave Kyogle mayor Ernie Bennett a cheque for $10,000.
NRMA Insurance has also offered to cover workers' costs for renewing one comprehensive motor or home insurance policy for the next 12 months.
The relief fund tally is now over $80,000, with big donations coming from Kyogle Council ($50,000), the Lismore Workers Club ($5000), the ANZ Bank ($4000) and the Summerland Credit Union ($2000). Donations can be made at ANZ or Westpac banks or Summerland Credit Union branches.