Abattoir plan for Mt Magnet
Mt Magnet Shire is in the early stages of planning a new abattoir.
Shire chief executive Kelvin Matthews said the shire had started talking to Badimia Land Aboriginal Corporation as a potential partner and discussed the proposal with the Mid West Development Corporation.
“We have to determine how feasible this project is and we need to be project-ready to apply for round two of the Federal Regional Growth Fund that opens around March next year,” he said.
“It is a large capital investment and you have got to do the legwork first.”
Mr Matthews and Cr Eliz Morris used a Canberra conference trip as an opportunity to lobby Federal politicians about the proposal and other shire concerns.
Mr Matthews said they discussed the abattoir opportunity and associated employment opportunities for Mt Magnet and the Murchison Region with shadow agriculture minister Joel Fitzgibbon.
“The Minister for Agriculture was not available as the House was busy debating the tax reform Bill, however we spoke to his senior adviser,” Mr Matthews said.
They also met Member for Durack, Melissa Price.
“We discussed the general state of Mt Magnet’s economic needs, employment deficiencies and development of the Men’s Shed project,” Mr Matthews said.
He said they also met shadow regional development and local government minister Stephen Jones to discuss development opportunities for Mt Magnet and the Murchison region.