Council confident of Deniliquin abattoir reopening.By Tyla Harrington
Deniliquin Council met with a potential buyer for the Deniliquin abattoir on Thursday who council believes is ‘‘very interested’’ in the closed meat processing plant.
Council manager economic and business development John Harvie said the meeting with the prospective buyer, from Melbourne, went well.
‘‘We’re waiting to see if the negotiations progress .
‘‘We’ve been speaking with them for the last couple of months.’’
Deniliquin Mayor Lindsay Renwick, who also attended the Melbourne meeting, said the re-opening of the Deniliquin abattoir, which has been closed since 2007, would be a ‘‘great thing’’.
Cr Renwick said the meeting seemed to give the potential investor ‘‘confidence’’.
‘‘He (the potential buyer) raised the concern whether there would be enough workers available (being a country town),’’ he said.
‘‘We assured them that labour would be available.
‘‘We told him that when the rice mill closed 100 rice mill workers left the town.
‘‘When it reopened there was not a lot of problems re-staffing.
‘‘I think we gave them a little confidence assuring them that it would be a great thing (to have it open again).
‘‘He’s talking, if it happens, about starting with 20 to 30 people and then get up to 80 to 90 people.’’
Cr Renwick also praised Mr Harvie for doing a ‘‘ripper job’’ in facilitating the possible re-opening of the abattoir.
‘‘I would be more than very, very, very pleased to see the abattoir reopened; it would bring a large number of both males and females to the town and to the industry,’’ he said.
Mr Harvie publicly announced his intention to work on facilitating the abattoir’s re-opening in his first week with council in July.
Potential investors then inspected the meat processing plant in July.
The Deniliquin abattoir has been closed since 2007 and at full capacity has the ability to employ about 100 people and process more than 3000 animals each day.
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