Muswellbrook Mayor, Cr Martin Rush, has welcomed plans for a feedlot and abattoir near Denman in the west of the shire.
FJT Australia this week lodged an application with the Department of Planning to construct an export abattoir at ‘Hollydene’ 8km west of Denman and a feedlot at ‘Yarraman’ near Wybong.
If approved, the facility will create 500 full time equivalent jobs locally. Council has also welcomed the company’s commitment to hiring local workers in the first instance.
Cr Rush said:
“The need to intensify agricultural production in the Shire has been a focus for Council as part of its diversification efforts and this single development has the potential to really move the dial insofar as intensive agricultural diversification is concerned. The creation of 500 new jobs will be a substantial economic boost for the Shire and will have an enormous flow on effect for housing and housing construction in Denman, for local cattle and sheep graziers, retailers in our urban centres and suppliers of construction inputs”
It is proposed the abattoir will process both sheep and cattle, with 1400 head of sheep and 1000 head of cattle processed six days a week.
The product produced will be sold domestically as well as to China and other foreign markets.
The proposed feedlot would be for beef cattle targeted at a 25,000 head capacity with an annual throughput of around 100,000 head.
“This is a really exciting development and the Company is to be commended for the way in which it has worked with Council in the early planning stages to ensure maximum community benefit – not only in the creation of local jobs but also leveraging good economic outcomes for other industry sectors and ensuring that the development makes strong environmental commitments to renewable energy and vegetation connectivity,” Mr Rush said.