Meat­works on hold

Central Queensland News - - NEWS - Camp­bell Gel­lie camp­bell.gel­lie@dai­ly­mer­cury.com.au

THE de­vel­op­ment of a meat­works out­side Mo­ran­bah has been in the pipe­line for more than two years and within just 13 min­utes the project was back to the draw­ing board.

De­spite be­ing ap­proved by Isaac Re­gional Coun­cil, the num­ber of con­di­tions on the $30 mil­lion project has stalled progress, de­spite every­one want­ing it to go ahead.

The pro­posed meat­works at Josie and Blair An­gus’ Son­della Sta­tion would cre­ate about 70 jobs and slaugh­ter 200 head of cat­tle per day.

It has been her­alded by Isaac Re­gional Coun­cil, eco­nomic groups and the State Gov­ern­ment as the type of project the re­gion needs to di­ver­sify.

But at the coun­cil’s or­di­nary meet­ing last week, Mrs An­gus with­drew her ap­pli­ca­tion to ne­go­ti­ate the con­di­tions on the project.

The coun­cil min­utes re­veal that Mrs An­gus ar­rived at 12.59pm. She was wel­comed by the mayor Anne Baker.

Ten min­utes later she was out­side the coun­cil cham­bers with coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Gary Steven­son.

She wrote a no­tice to Mr Steven­son with­draw­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion.

He re­turned back into the meet­ing at 1.12pm alone.

On Mon­day, Mrs An­gus met with builders to go through the de­sign of the meat­works again.

Mrs An­gus said the ob­sta­cles she was fac­ing were the “num­ber of con­di­tions, the un­cer­tainty of some con­di­tions and the oner­ous na­ture of some con­di­tions given (the) re­mote lo­ca­tion”.

Isaac Re­gion Mayor Anne Baker said she and the coun­cil sup­ported the project.

“The coun­cil has ap­plied for more than $900,000 from the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment, with matched coun­cil funds of more than $900,000, to un­der­take road im­prove­ments for this de­vel­op­ment,” Cr Baker said.

She said the ball was in the de­vel­oper’s court.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture Bill Byrne said he had spo­ken to the coun­cil and de­vel­op­ers to try to get the project hap­pen­ing .

“We are tak­ing an en­gag­ing role with all the play­ers,” he said.

“I be­lieve there is good­will and com­mon pur­pose from the pro­po­nents, coun­cil and Queens­land Gov­ern­ment to re­solve the out­stand­ing is­sues.”

PHOTO: SBP AUS­TRALIA

STALLED: The aerial view of the pro­posed meat­works at Son­della Sta­tion.

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