NEW ABATTOIR ON THE CARDS
Proposed venue to benefit southwest
AN EXCITING new project is on the horizon for the Maranoa and meat industry that will benefit the southwest region.
Maranoa Regional Council last week approved plans to seek a proposal and quotation to update its Maranoa Meat Processing Facility pre-feasibility report.
Councillor and portfolio for economic development Cameron O’Neil said the updated report would reflect changes to market conditions and trends to outline the advantages of supporting an export accredited
❝another This is way of boosting our economy and stimulating good growth. — Councillor Cameron O’Neil
“With this concept in the works for many years, we are now able to approach developers and investors for the potential project,” Cr O’Neil said.
“Maranoa Regional Council is committed to facilitating and promoting investment opportunities into our communities and a new meatworks would diversify the agricultural industry base, create jobs and provide broad reaching economic benefits to our community,” he said.
The last Roma meatworks was closed around 25 years ago, due to age and inefficiency, with the next closest meatworks situated in Charleville and goats and sheep being it’s primary business.
While the new proposal doesn’t have a preferred location yet, it will provide 340 jobs if it gets off the ground.
In 2016, the Agriculture Minister commissioned a study to determine the best proposal most likely to be sustainable and offer investment proposition.
This study promoted the Maranoa as a key prospect for investing in an export accredited abattoir.
“According to the State Government report, the meatworks is estimated to have around 170,000 cattle processed through the meatworks each year,” Cr O’Neil said.
MEATWORKS: Plans underway for a meatworks in the Maranoa which is set to provide more than 300 jobs.