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Up­date on the Wal­lum­billa meat­works

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - Sarah Dionysius sarah.dionysius@ west­ern­

A NEW project pro­posed to cre­ate jobs and drive the beef pro­cess­ing in­dus­try in the re­gion is only a few steps away from be­com­ing re­al­ity.

The Wal­lum­billa Abat­toir Project is a joint ven­ture on be­half of in­vestors Val McCor­mack and Linda Clax­ton un­der their com­pany name the Valinda Team.

Mr McCor­mack said they are in the midst of sub­mit­ting a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion to the Mara­noa Re­gional Coun­cil but be­fore they can do so, the project needs to be de­clared a state or re­gional Project of Re­gional Sig­nif­i­cance.

“The de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion would have been sub­mit­ted be­fore Christ­mas this year,” Mr McCor­mack said.

“The project has now been put on hold un­til it is made a Project of Re­gional Sig­nif­i­cance.

“The rea­son be­ing is that we only have ap­prox­i­mately 400ML of wa­ter in the bucket and the project will need 1000-1200ML of wa­ter to se­cure it into the fu­ture.”

The Valinda Team have sub­mit­ted a doc­u­ment to the Direc­tor Gen­eral of the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Mines to have the project con­sid­ered as a project of Re­gional Sig­nif­i­cance un­der the Wa­ter Re­source (Great Ar­ti­san Basin) Plan 2006.

If it is passed, it will al­low the com­pany to ap­ply for a state re­serve wa­ter al­lo­ca­tion of 750 mega-litres to sup­port the de­vel­op­ment and give them ac­cess to a more sus­tain­able wa­ter sup­ply.

With­out it, their would be im­ped­i­ments to the sus­tain­abil­ity of the meat­works and this is some­thing Mr McCor­mack said he is not will­ing to risk.

“It is hoped that this project will give beef producers a fairer in­come for their cat­tle and pro­vide jobs and in­come for the Mara­noa re­gion to Lon­greach and be­yond, to St Ge­orge and as far east to Dalby,” Mr McCor­mack said.

“The Valinda Team, now needs your sup­port. We are ask­ing you to ask the po­lit­i­cal par­ties, which­ever you vote for, to make the Wal­lum­billa- Pick­an­jinne Abat­toir project, a Project of Re­gional Sig­nif­i­cance.”

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