Iranian eyes abattoirs
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.