Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green announced the Labor Government’s support for the project, which will safeguard 300 existing jobs and create 30 new jobs in Ararat.
The upgrade includes a processing line upgrade, packaging equipment and a larger boning room that allows for value-adding meat products for export.
The facility is currently operating near capacity, processing lamb and mutton. In order to grow and remain viable in an increasingly competitive international market, the facility requires new investment.
Economic boost to local area
It is hoped that the expansion will provide a significant economic boost to the Ararat region and has strong support from Ararat Rural Council and the local community.
The Ararat Abattoirs upgrade is being funded through the Labor Government’s $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, which funds initiatives and infrastructure across Victoria that secures jobs, strengthens communities and supports new and emerging technology.
Parliamentary secretary Green said: “Ararat Abattoirs’ expansion will safeguard 300 existing jobs and create an additional 30 new jobs. That’s great news for the local economy and the community of Ararat.”
“Ararat Abattoirs is the largest private sector employer in Ararat and we’re proud to support such an important regional business in its efforts to grow and innovate for the benefit of the local community.”
Victoria exported $11.9 billion in food and fibre last financial year – more than any other state in Australia. The food and fibre sector employs more than 190,000 and accounts for 29% of all Australian farm exports.