Abattoir closure a major blow: LNP

THE closure of the Beef City feedlot and abattoir is another major blow to the Queensland cattle industry, the State Opposition said today.

Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Food and Regional Queensland Andrew Cripps said the potential loss of 1100 local jobs at the JBS-owned plant was indicative of the lagging business confidence in Queensland under Labor.

“It is currently a very challenging time for everyone in Queensland’s cattle industry including producers and processors,” Mr Cripps said.

“The LNP is calling on the State and Federal Governments to stand up and support our suffering beef industry at the AgForce meeting in Mt Isa tomorrow

“Our state’s beef industry is reeling and the Bligh Government has done nothing. The LNP is not talking the state’s economy down. We are speaking up, realistically for the industries that Labor is ignoring.

“Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig and his state counterpart Tim Mulherin need to face up to the reality, on top of the live export debacle, our cattle industry is in a Labor-created crisis.”

Member for Condamine Ray Hopper said Beef City’s decision to shut down production at the Purrawunda plant because of pricing competition from the US would cost more than 1000 jobs.

“Already hundreds of farmers, casual field workers and transport operators in our region have lost their jobs in the wake of Heinz/Golden Circle’s decision to end beetroot processing,” said Mr Hopper.

“These families need support now, more than ever, from the State and Federal governments.”

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