Bur­nett helps Swick­ers

Meat­works lends hand to abat­toir

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

BIGGEN­DEN Meat­works has come to the aid of the Swick­ers Ba­con Fac­tory, fol­low­ing a dev­as­tat­ing fire at the Kin­garoy busi­ness on Novem­ber 6.

The North Bur­nett com­pany has taken on some of the smaller op­er­a­tions of the South Bur­nett com­pany, while they re­pair the dam­age caused by the fire.

Biggen­den Meat­works manager Peter Gibbs said it was the least they could do.

“We’re tak­ing some of the their smaller op­er­a­tors and just giv­ing them a hand,” he said.

“You know it’s the same old story, if we were in the same sit­u­a­tion here, there are not many meat pro­ces­sors left so if we don’t help out there could be less and less of them.”

Mr Gibbs said it was im­por­tant for Bur­nett com­pa­nies to sup­port one an­other.

“If you look at what the Bur­nett sup­plies, the best in­dus­tries come out of the Bur­nett,” he said.

“These small com­mu­ni­ties pro­vide the lifeblood, so you take Swick­ers out of Kin­garoy and that town dies.

“No-one can af­ford that in the in­dus­try now.”

Mr Gibbs said the North Bur­nett abat­toir was pro­cess­ing about 1000 ex­tra pigs more than a week since the fire.

“It’s eco­nomic for us as well, it doesn’t do us any harm,” he said.

“This is just for the short term un­til they get back on their feet.”

Mr Gibbs said the meat­works would help out as long as they were needed.

“Swick­ers are back pro­cess­ing now but, as long as they need us to do the odd jobs, we’ll do it,” he said.

“They’re run ef­fi­ciently, so they’ll be up and about do­ing as much as they can through their plant, and I hope to see them in full swing again within two to three weeks.”

The fire on Novem­ber 6 de­stroyed the ex­port dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre, bon­ing room and chillers.

The pro­cess­ing floor, value add fa­cil­i­ties, of­fices, new ware­house chiller and dry goods store were not af­fected.

More than 100 work­ers from the fac­tory have been moved tem­po­rar­ily to work in an Ip­swich pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity.

PHOTO: HEATH PUKALLUS

Swick­ers Ba­con Fac­tory in Kin­garoy caught fire on Novem­ber 6.

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