Livestock

Woorabinda abattoir shown to be feasible - now for funds

Woorabinda Pastoral Company stockman Troy Draper at the stockyards on Foleyvale Station where it is hoped some of the cattle raised on the station will be processed at a new abattoir proposed to be built at Woorabinda increasing the employment prospects for the local community. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Woorabinda Pastoral Company stockman Troy Draper at the stockyards on Foleyvale Station where it is hoped some of the cattle raised on the station will be processed at a new abattoir proposed to be built at Woorabinda increasing the employment prospects for the local community. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

WATER and cattle supply, check; land for development, check; feasibility study, check.

Woorabinda is ticking all the boxes to establish what could be the first meatworks processing plant of its kind in the Central Highlands region.

There's just one unchecked box left: the funding.

Woorabinda Shire Council CEO Derm Stower said the $2 million project would have the capacity for 25 employees and a production rate of 48 beasts a week.

There will be no plan in the pipeline, just yet, to export any meat to outside markets if the funding gets the green light.

The council's plan is to process its own cattle and supply the meat back to the community through a Woorabinda butcher shop, which has been included as a project in the wings under any successful funding.

About 18 months ago, Indigenous Business Australia commissioned Science Matters Pty Ltd to undertake an assessment of building an abattoir and butcher in Woorabinda.

And, it seems the subsequent report from the feasibility study shows Woorabinda has all the goods to make it work.

The council owns five parcels of land with a total area of 37,000 hectares. The agricultural and pastoral activities on this land are managed by the Woorabinda Pastoral Company.

At the moment there are more than 7400 head of cattle across the properties.

Mr Stower said the community was well on track to setting up its own systems and strategies to get the town back onto its feet.

"There is potential for more business in the area," he said.

"We are the first council in the region to bring in a new town plan under the new legislation," he said.

Through Capricorn Enterprise, Woorabinda Shire Council has applied for funding for the abattoir through the Royalties for Regions program.

Topics:  abattoir, cattle, woorabinda



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