Plans for a new food manufacturing plant at Kyabram have been unveiled.October 16, 2012 4:06am
The public and supporters of Goulburn Valley Food Co-operative have been given an update and a sneak peek at what a new food processing facility might look like.
The group has risen from the ashes of the former Heinz tomato processing facility at Girgarre and has vowed to get food processing up and running again on a Kyabram industrial site.
On Thursday night the co-operative held a joint meeting with sister organisation Australian Grown Food Company at Kyabram Community and Learning Centre.
Co-operative chairman Les Cameron said the group was excited to present the designs as the next step in achieving its goal of creating a sustainable, environmentally-friendly and competitive food manufacturing plant.
The vision for the factory is to have a sort of ‘‘manufacturing farmers’ market’’ where people can see how their food is made and buy the products.
About 30 other images of the concept designs from Studio Osk and antarctica architects were presented for discussion, and Mr Cameron said he was happy with the plans.
‘‘I feel really pleased with them, they’ve thought through all of the issues,’’ he said.
Tomato farmer and co-operative director Bruce Weekes said while concerns about the state of the industry remained, a co-operative approach was the best way forward.
‘‘Things will continue to be tough. Manufacturing in Australia is in deep trouble, there is no doubt about that,’’ he said.
‘‘We have to be really competitive to make this work, but there is no doubt a co-operative way of doing things is the only chance. I am impressed with the efforts of everyone to make this happen and it is great to have everyone having the opportunity of being a shareholder no matter how little they have.’’
Member Dermot Brophy said he was looking forward to discussing how the factory would operate.
‘‘We know we now have the money to go forward, (but) we also have to be super-efficient if we are going to survive,’’ he said.
Co-operative director and former Heinz employee Ken Covington said having the architects present the design concepts to a local audience was a great way of moving closer to the group’s goal.
‘‘Within a month all the people who have been working with us will be joint owners of the factory land, and that is a great milestone for all of us,’’ Mr Covington said.
The co-operative is now in the final stages of buying land for the factory from Kyabram businessman Scott Collins.
Purchase of the site, on Wood Rd in Kyabram Industrial Estate, is expected to be completed at the end of October.
A man was treated for chemical inhalation and taken to hospital this morning.
In a day made for football at the sun-bathed Lavington Sports Club Oval the 2015 Yarrawonga Under 16 Pigeons showed their class with a comprehensive victory in the AWJFL Grand Final against Wodonga.
Tatura and Murchison SES Units were two of 28 Victorian State Emergency Service volunteer units to receive new equipment recently, as part of the annual AAMI equipment handover program.
With no luxury of a double chance available to either of them, Moama coach Simon Maddox and his Tongala counterpart David Newman know that a loss in Sunday’s first semi-final will mean the end of season 2015.
ROCHESTER police say hoon drivers and anyone disobeying road laws should prepare to lose their car.
Young Bombers pull off last quarter comeback to win under-16 premiership.
More news as the Seymour Show edges closer.
Berrigan public decides drainage works location
A THREE-MONTH-OLD girl from Heathcote who died on Sunday night did not have any physical signs of injuries when ambulance arrived, according to police.
Cobram Barooga leaders and tourism operators have welcomed the launch of a new tourism strategy focusing on events, which aims to attract more people to the Murray River.
Cancer claims one of its fiercest combatants.
Water allocations were increased in the Goulburn-Murray Water region today.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.