Abat­toir plan for Mt Mag­net

Countryman - - LIVESTOCK - Ge­off Vi­vian

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.

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