Aussie refineries can't supply aluminium to local builder

ALUMINIUM has long been the metal Gladstone has grown up around and a retired Clinton builder hoped to use it to give more than 2200 Fijians a home to live in.

John Baldock is the hot favourite to win a tender in the Pacific Island country to rehome thousands of people who were displaced by Cyclone Winston.

>>Gladstone builder in bid to build 2200 aluminium homes

John Baldock looking over his building design that could soon be popping up all over Fiji.
John Baldock looking over his building design that could soon be popping up all over Fiji. Paul Braven

The long-time resident hoped to use Gladstone aluminium, or at least some from his home country, but that's looking unlikely because no one in Australia makes the aluminium he needs anymore.

Because of the squeeze on the aluminium industry the last smelter that produced the right materials for his 2200-home project closed in 2014.

This means the Australian economy has missed out on selling about 10,000 tonnes of aluminium.

But John is powering on nonetheless.



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