Sawmill cuts out

The loss of 45 jobs isn’t good news wherever it happens.

But it’s worse in a small town like Tapanui where Blue Mountain Lumber is closing for good.

It’s not just the people affected and their families. That many jobs gone from a small, rural community leaves a hole which will be very difficult to fill.

Some may be able to find work near by but many will look further afield and that will in turn affect those who remain. Businesses and services will lose customers and schools will lose pupils and this may lead to more job losses and business failures.

If there is one good thing about the closure it’s that at this time of year there may be seasonal employers may be able to provide work for some of those who’ve lost their jobs, at least in the short term.

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