Aust first quail hub wins tick

Gatton Star - - INTO RURAL -

SOM­ER­SET will soon be home to the Bris­bane Val­ley Protein Precinct, a multi-mil­lion dol­lar in­te­grated protein pro­duc­tion hub at Coominya af­ter the project was ap­proved last week.

The Bris­bane Val­ley Protein Precinct site is des­ig­nated as the Coominya Food Pro­duc­tion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Area un­der Som­er­set Re­gional Coun­cil’s Strate­gic Frame­work.

Som­er­set Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the devel­op­ment is the first ded­i­cated protein pro­duc­tion hub in Aus­tralia.

“This devel­op­ment is well planned, strate­gic and will bring huge ben­e­fits to the re­gion,” Cr Lehmann said.

The mas­ter planned area will in­clude a va­ri­ety of ru­ral and food pro­duc­tion land uses that could in­clude poul­try, quail, game birds, cat­tle protein precincts in­clud­ing food pro­cess­ing, hatch­eries and a grow­ing farm.

The plan also in­cludes a pro­duce pav­il­ion, restau­rants, mar­kets, food hospi­tal­ity ar­eas in­clud­ing state-of-the-art train­ing fa­cil­i­ties, tourist park and a func­tion fa­cil­ity.

Bris­bane Val­ley Protein man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Dun­can Brown wel­comed the coun­cil’s strong en­dorse­ment of the precinct.

“The Som­er­set re­gion al­ready punches above its weight in terms of pro­duc­ing qual­ity meat prod­ucts for the world and food pro­duc­tion ac­counts for more em­ploy­ment than any other sec­tor,” Mr Brown said.

“Coun­cil’s sup­port to­day means this fu­ture is se­cure with nearly 3000 acres set aside for projects that sup­port the grow­ing, pro­cess­ing and ex­port­ing of qual­ity prod­ucts as well as train­ing of young peo­ple for a fu­ture in food and hospi­tal­ity ini­tia­tives that will con­tinue to put the re­gion on the map as a food tourism des­ti­na­tion.”

Mr Brown said the pre­lim­i­nary ap­proval re­flected the strong com­mu­nity sup­port for the project.

“We went through a 60 day com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion process and didn’t re­ceive a sin­gle neg­a­tive sub­mis­sion. We’d like to thank the com­mu­nity for their be­lief in the project and the pos­i­tive out­comes we all be­lieve it can de­liver in the area,” he said.

Stage 1 of the precinct – an in­te­grated, “hatch to dis­patch” quail busi­ness – was com­pleted in Au­gust with the first ex­ports hap­pen­ing last week.

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