Ararat Abattoir Set To Expand In A Win For Local Jobs

26 June 2017

The Andrews Labor Government has helped secure Ararat Abattoirs’ $800,000 upgrade and expansion, supporting hundreds of jobs and boosting the local economy.

Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green announced the Labor Government’s support for the project today, which will safeguard 300 existing jobs and create 30 new jobs in Ararat.

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.

The upgrade includes a processing line upgrade, packaging equipment and a larger boning room that allows for value-adding meat products for export.

The expansion will provide a significant economic boost to the Ararat region and has strong support from Ararat Rural Council and the local community.

Victoria exported $11.9 billion in food and fibre last financial year – more than any other state in Australia. The sector employs more than 190,000 and accounts for 29 per cent of all Australian farm exports.

The Ararat Abattoirs upgrade is 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.

Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green

“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.”

"From 1 July, we're making it easier for regional Victorian businesses like Ararat abattoir do business and create jobs by cutting payroll tax by 25 percent – making it the lowest rate in the country."

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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