Swan Hill abattoir takes on export role

Swan Hill abattoir takes on export role

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Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford has toured the $15 million upgrade and expansion of Swan Hill abattoir, after the government supported the project, which will create 75 new jobs.

Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford has toured the Swan Hill abattoir, which will undergo a $15 million upgrade and expansion.

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The government helped secure the investment in the expansion, which will also create 30 construction jobs and safeguard more than 200 existing jobs.

The investment would help the abattoir move from a domestic, to an export focused meat processing facility.

“This is a significant project for Swan Hill and shows a real vote of confidence in regional Victoria as a great place to run a business,” Ms Pulford said.

“The $15 million expansion will create 75 new full time jobs, safeguard the existing workforce, create supply chain benefits for farmers, and generate new exports of approximately $8 million per annum.”

The abattoir is owned and run by the Woodward family, who also operate Swan Hill’s Garrison feedlot.

The upgrade would include new technology for six-way cutting, improved environmental performance, through an engine room upgrade and streamlined floor operations to improve efficiency, while increasing output.

Jaala Pulford, Victorian Agriculture minister.

Jaala Pulford, Victorian Agriculture minister.

Ms Pulford said the project would help the abattoir remain competitive, by reducing operating costs, expanding capacity, and extending and improving the product range.

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