Renovators drive new business
IT'S already bucking the trend of slow-trading businesses in the Clarence Valley, but a $17,000 boost from the Northern Rivers Jobs Plan certainly helped accelerate the growth plan of Walsh Architectural Salvage.
The business is an offshoot of Walsh Demolition, established 30 years ago by the late Bill "JB" Walsh, and now run by son Zac.
The incentive was welcomed by the South Grafton entrepreneur. It will only be fully paid when Mr Walsh's two new wood machinists complete their training.
Mr Walsh said yesterday he had been seeking funding from the previous NSW Labor Government before it lost power but Craig Jenkins, an officer at the Department of Trade and Investment hadn't forgotten about the application and contacted him when the NRJP was announced.
He said he had received plenty of applications for the two positions and was already trialling one worker.
The new jobs would involve the operation of machines that could cut timber to match just about any profile needed.
While the new building industry was faltering locally, Mr Walsh said there had been an increase in renovations and people were on the lookout for cheap and quality materials.
"The hardest part is trying to convince people that recycled timber is a lot better than new timber ... it's not going to bow on you and is usually very hard," he said.
"We have an enormous stockpile of timber, and it's cheaper than buying new."