The Deniliquin abattoir, which has sat idle for seven years, is a step closer to reopening with a $1 million-plus injection from the NSW Government to refurbish it.CATHY WALKER August 26, 2014 3:10am
Deputy Premier and Regional Infrastructure and Services Minister Andrew Stoner claimed up to 460 jobs could be created during the next five years although Australian Meat Group Pty Ltd managing director Gilbert Cabral said last week no date had been set for a start-up.
Mr Stoner said the NSW Government had been working with the meat company on a major investment plan for the facility and Mr Cabral said it was hoped the upgraded facility would be ‘‘an icon for the town’’.
Member for Murrumbidgee and Murray candidate Adrian Piccoli announced the upgrade in Deniliquin last week and said the site would need significant investment for upgrades to meet best practice standards.
Mr Piccoli said: ‘‘The refurbishment costs will be significant, but it is the very positive impact this project will have on the region that supports the NSW Government’s decision to provide assistance to the Australian Meat Group to re-open the plant.
‘‘By investing in up-to-date equipment at the Deniliquin abattoir, Australian Meat Group will be able to further improve their efficiency and to provide the full range of cuts.’’
Member for Murray-Darling John Williams welcomed the Australian Meat Group to the Southern Riverina, and said the company also had strong relationships with major domestic and international markets.
Australian Meat Group, formerly known as Tasman Group and owned by Brazil-based JBS, purchased the vacant facility on Abattoir Rd in November last year.
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