Ira­nian eyes abat­toirs

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Jenne Bram­mer

An Ira­nian busi­ness­man is in the process of buy­ing three moth­balled WA abat­toirs and is vy­ing for a fourth, rais­ing hopes of a re­vival in lo­cal meat pro­cess­ing.

Mah­moud Parastesh, from the In­ter­na­tional Meat Co Pty Ltd, which has links to Iran’s Ariya Mo­htasham Shargh in­ter­na­tional trad­ing com­pany, ex­ports chilled WA lamb to Tehran, killed through con­tract pro­cess­ing.

In­ter­na­tional Meat Co. has pur­chased Gin­gin Abat­toir and is in ad­vanced ne­go­ti­a­tions for Chi­nese-owned Ger­ald­ton Meat Ex­ports and the for­mer Clover meat­works at Wa­roona, pre­vi­ously owned by Gina Rine­hart, and is in­ter­ested in Good­child Abat­toirs at Aus­tralind.

Gin­gin Abat­toir, pre­vi­ously owned by prom­i­nent WA pas­toral­ist Jack Bur­ton, is ex­pected to be up and run­ning within weeks, af­ter be­ing moth­balled for about five years.

It is be­lieved In­ter­na­tional Meat has spent more than $1 mil­lion on the cap­i­tal up­grades at Gin­gin and has ap­plied for an in­ter­na­tional ex­port li­cence, af­ter an agree­ment was struck to al­low work to start be­fore the sale had been fi­nalised.

It is also un­der­stood the com­pany has re­cruited some of the big­gest names in WA meat pro­cess­ing, in­clud­ing Greg Good­child, for­merly of Good­childA­bat­toirs, who will man­age the Gin­gin op­er­a­tion.

Peter Tre­fort, for­mer owner of the Hill­side abat­toir at Nar­ro­gin, is un­der­stood to be an ad­viser to the op­er­a­tion. The Gin­gin and Ger­ald­ton abat­toirs are spe­cial­ists in small stock in­clud­ing sheep and goats. The Wa­roona abat­toir, which will re­quire ma­jor cap­i­tal works to restart, was pro­cess­ing cat­tle.

It is also un­der­stood the same busi­ness­man is a con­tender for Good­child Abat­toirs which went into ad­min­is­tra­tion in Au­gust.

Malaysian com­pany Brahims is also in the run­ning for Good­child. Ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est closed last week.

The move by In­ter­na­tional Meat is ex­pected to in­crease com­pe­ti­tion for WA live­stock, and will be par­tic­u­larly well re­ceived given the threat fac­ing the State’s live ex­port in­dus­try.

Mr Parastesh de­clined to com­ment. All abat­toirs were all for sale by Greg Smith of El­ders Real Es­tate, who also de­clined to com­ment.

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