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Update on the Wallumbilla meatworks
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.”