Chicken fac­tory will hatch jobs boom

Sod turned on $22m project

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THE first sod has been turned to mark the con­struc­tion of a $22 mil­lion chicken hatch­ery in the South­ern Downs.

The Dar­walla Group’s hatch­ery will be in Brad­field Rd in Al­lora.

It will gen­er­ate 18 di­rect jobs as well as a num­ber of con­trac­tor po­si­tions dur­ing its con­struc­tion.

State-of-the-art equip­ment will be im­ported from Bel­gium for the plant, which is ex­pected to be fully op­er­a­tional by the end of the year.

South­ern Downs Mayor Tracy Do­bie wel­comed the de­vel­op­ment and said the coun­cil was work­ing hard to at­tract new busi­nesses and in­dus­tries that would cre­ate jobs and growth in the re­gion.

“This new hatch­ery is a boom for jobs in the South­ern Downs,” she said.

“It also adds to the clean, green rep­u­ta­tion of the South­ern Downs re­gion as the place for peo­ple estab­lish­ing world-class busi­nesses.”

Cr Do­bie said the ad­di­tional work would cre­ate other new jobs in the re­gion.

“One hun­dred jobs were con­firmed last week by the Churches of Christ for their new res­i­den­tial aged-care ser­vice cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion in War­wick,” she said.

“We’re also ex­pect­ing ad­di­tional em­ploy­ment from the Grove Juice ex­pan­sion.

Cr Do­bie said a joint ap­pli­ca­tion by the coun­cil and fam­ily-owned meat pro­ces­sor John Dee to the Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions Fund for a $15 mil­lion ex­pan­sion would cre­ate 130 new jobs.

“Coun­cil is com­mit­ted to at­tract­ing new busi­nesses and in­dus­tries to the South­ern Downs and we will con­tinue to seek other em­ploy­ment gen­er­at­ing

It adds to the clean, green rep­u­ta­tion of the South­ern Downs re­gion as the place for peo­ple estab­lish­ing world-class busi­nesses

— South­ern Downs Mayor Tracy Do­bie

busi­nesses and to as­sist ex­ist­ing busi­nesses to ex­pand in the re­gion,” she said.

The Dar­walla Group is look­ing to es­tab­lish strong links with coun­cil and the com­mu­nity.

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