“Ideal” Goondiwindi is open for business and a new $100m abattoir could just be the start.
“Logistically, Goondiwindi is ideally situated at the junction of five highways and being export abattoirs, the proximity to Wellcamp Airport has obviously played its part,” Goondiwindi Regional Mayor, Cr Graeme Scheu said.
Cr Scheu was speaking after last month’s Council Meeting where Council approved the development.
He said the project will create hundreds of jobs and provide a major economic boost to the Goondiwindi region.
The development will employ 380 fulltime staff when in full operation, and the direct and indirect benefit to the economy will begin even before operation, with hundreds more jobs on offer during the construction stage.
Fucheng International Abattoirs believe their introduction to Goondiwindi will boost even more employment in agriculture, maintenance and repair industries, transport, building and business and financial services.
“This is an exciting time for Goondiwindi and the region,” Cr Scheu said.
“We believe we are on the cusp of another agricultural growth boom in the economy and the social structure of the region. Council has ensured that strict conditions have been applied to the project, as nearby residents had concerns about its impact.”
“I believe the Council has adequately addressed those concerns with the conditions imposed,” he said. “Every rural town in Australia is searching for a development like this to come their way and we are happy that Fucheng International settled on Goondiwindi as their preferred site.”
Every rural town in Australia is searching for a development like this to come their way and we are happy that Fucheng International settled on Goondiwindi as their preferred siteCr Graeme Scheu
“Logistically, Goondiwindi is ideally situated at the junction of five highways and being export abattoirs, the proximity to Wellcamp Airport has obviously played its part.”
“It is another example of regional benefit stemming from major infrastructure.”
Premise Agriculture was responsible for managing the development application process.
“The proposed development site formerly (12km east of Goondiwindi) operated as a sheep abattoir, and will have both historical and economic significance for the surrounding region,” Premise Technical Operations Manager, Dr Margaret Jewel said. In December 2016, the Goondiwindi abattoir was identified as a project of regional significance by the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines.
Matt Norton, Senior Agricultural Scientist from Premise Agriculture, said construction work on the abattoir is likely to commence within the next 12 months.
“A local Queensland-based supplier has been acquired to design the abattoir and supervise construction works,” Mr Norton said.