NSW Government invests more than $1 million in long-awaited Deniliquin abattoir facility re-opening.TYLA HARRINGTON August 22, 2014 3:30am
Nationals’ candidate for NSW Murray Adrian Piccoli, Australian Meat Group chief financial officer Tony Parquinio and managing director Gilbert Cabral, Deniliquin Mayor Lindsay Renwick and council general manager Des Bilske.
More than $1 million has been allocated to the re-opening of the Deniliquin abattoir, all but assuring development applications will be approved soon.
NSW Member for Murrumbidgee and candidate for the new seat of Murray Adrian Piccoli made the announcement on behalf of his government in Deniliquin on Wednesday.
He said the investment is likely to create up to 460 new jobs in Deniliquin over the next five years.
However, Australian Meat Group Pty Ltd managing director Gilbert Cabral, also in Deniliquin for the announcement, said the company still did not have a firm timeline for the re-opening.
NSW Director-General requirements, including the development of a detailed Environmental Impact Statement, must still be satisfied before work can begin.
Australian Meat Group Pty Ltd, formerly known as Tasman Group, purchased the vacant facility on Abattoir Rd in November last year.
The facility has been inoperative since 2007 when Klanstin withdrew, citing troubles sourcing quality stock during the decade long drought.
Mr Piccoli, while unable to confirm an exact amount of funding to be provided, said the facility would need significant investment for upgrades to meet best practice standards.
He said this was why the government had been working with Australian Meat Group on a major multi-million dollar investment plan for the facility.
Mr Piccoli said the funding would assist in the re-development, including refurbishment and other costs.
‘‘This will allow the production of export quality meat in a safer work environment,’’ 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.’’
Mr Cabral was unable to confirm a total cost for the ‘‘state of the art’’ abattoir, but welcomed the government funding.
‘‘It’s fantastic news,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s very exciting for the community and everything is coming together sooner than what we anticipated.
‘‘We want the abattoir to be an icon for the town.’’
Mr Piccoli said Deniliquin would reap the benefits from the abattoir’s re-opening.
‘‘It is really important for the region to diversify and this is definitely diversifying the area,’’ he said.
Preparatory work to clean the Deniliquin Abattoir site has already started.
The pending development application for facility improvements includes upgrades to the kill floor, receiving yard and amenities.
The company also has plans for a new boning room, rendering plant and cold storage facility.
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