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Australian Sustainable Hardwoods director Clinton Tilley speaks with Tom Elliott

The owner of the Heyfield timber mill has fired several verbal barbs at the Premier, rejecting suggestions the government can take over the business.

Daniel Andrews told Neil Mitchell on Friday he planned on buying the mill and operating it at a reduced capacity.

But Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) says the business is not viable after the government refused to increase the company’s timber supply.

It’s been revealed 40 of the 250 jobs at the mill will now go by September, while the rest will be lost in stages over the next 18 months.

ASH Director Clinton Tilley told Tom Elliott the Premier should think again if he thinks he can take control of the mill.

‘I’m perplexed as to how he thinks he can just walk in and takeover our business,’ Mr Tilley said on 3AW Drive.

‘I thought we owned the business? We’re the owners and controllers of it, but apparently Daniel Andrews believes his powers as Premier are higher and mightier than anything else.’

He’s threatening to shift the entire business to Tasmania.

‘It’s a very serious consideration at this point in time,’ he said.

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