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Jobs boost as Jimbour welcomes major abattoir development

18 August 2016

At yesterday’s Ordinary Meeting of Council, Western Downs Regional Council voted to approve the construction and operation of a major abattoir development that will boost jobs and bolster economic growth to our agricultural sector by strategically investing in the future supply of meat from the Western Downs.

  • Demonstrating its ability to value-add to the thriving agricultural sector across Queensland, the large abattoir development in its ultimate form will process up to 20,000 tonnes of processed meat per annum;
  • The new abattoir and associated infrastructure, including treatment ponds and irrigation areas will be constructed over three phases, with Council hoping to see construction commence in the very near future;
  • The development will be located north-east of Dalby in Jimbour, along Macalister–Bell Road;
  • Set to be a significant job generator for the region, the new abattoir will service both internal and external livestock suppliers.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Planning and Environment Councillor Andrew Smith said the new project was a major sign of confidence in the agricultural sector across the Western Downs.

“This well-placed development is a win-win situation, it ticked all the right boxes from a planning perspective and will be very attractive to our strong livestock industry, as it complements and supports the farmers here in our region,” he said.

“There has been a long history in relation to this development. Council was careful to ensure that this proposal went through an extremely considered and thorough assessment process, and what we have now is a great economic outcome.

“We are confident this new abattoir will bring a multitude of opportunities to the table, not just locally but globally.

“If you are a business seeking to invest in our great region we encourage you to come and speak with us because supporting and rewarding this kind of development is key to long-term economic sustainability.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the ribbon cut on this facility and it playing a pivotal role in agriculture across the Western Downs and regional Queensland.”

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Media Contact:

Cr Andrew Smith | Spokesperson for Planning and Environment | 0438 755 896