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Commercial viability of north Queensland slaughterhouse investigated
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2011, 09:44:32 AM »
Northern abattoir investigated.

 AN early draft report investigating the commercial viability of a meat processing facility in North Queensland has been submitted to the State Government and other key stakeholders.

Plans for the report were announced earlier this year as a response to the Federal Government's damaging live export suspension.

Agriculture Minister Tim Mulherin said a new abattoir in the north could reduce the need to truck cattle large distances to southern processing plants and provide alternative markets for producers.

He said strategically-located abattoirs could have access to over three million cattle in North and North West Queensland.

A spokesman for Mr Mulherin said the draft report in a "very early stage" had been presented to the minister and several key stakeholders last week who were considering its content.

It is understood the investigation considers market and workforce potential, logistics and required transport infrastructure.

The spokesman said the report was not expected to be made publicly available until January.

Speaking in Richmond last week as part of a meeting for the Flinders River Irrigation Project, Federal Regional Development Minister Simon Crean announced the first federal funding into the meatworks report, bring the total allocated amount to $200,000.

Mr Crean said a northern meatworks could address high unemployment in regional Australia while providing product for rising boxed beef demand in Asia.

David Glasson, chairman of regional lobby group Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Zone (MITEZ), said an abattoir in the North West would complement the Flinders River irrigation project.

TROY ROWLING
22 Dec, 2011

http://qcl.farmonline.com.au/news/state/livestock/cattle/northern-abattoir-investigated/2400587.aspx