Emerald meatworks one step closer to fruition

THE Central Highlands Regional Council's grand plan for a meatworks facility west of Emerald has moved one step closer to becoming a reality.

In a closed session at the last CHRC general meeting, the council voted to accept an offer from the State Government's Department of Natural Resources and Mines to buy land required for the project.

In the past, Mayor Peter Maguire has spoken about how important the facility could be for the region.

"We've all seen the huge growth in popularity in wagyu, organic, certified grass-fed beef and the like, yet the closest abattoir offering that service is Brisbane and waiting lists there are long," Cr Maguire said.

"There's clearly a big gap in the market and the Central Highlands could be in a position to fill it, then reap the rewards."

The next step for the council is to begin native title talks.

In the decision posted in the CHRC meeting minutes, it was stated "that council contact representatives of the native title claimants in respect to this matter."

In a feasibility study which concluded in January this year, it was noted that the project has potential to tap into the growing export opportunities with South East Asia.


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