Well known Victorian producer Luv-a-Duck will move into the Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ), with plans to invest $20 million in new business operations creating 30 jobs.
The new Ballarat facility will produce retail ready duck meat products including flavoured pre-roasted cuts, expanding on the company’s existing operations in Nhill.
The expansion into Ballarat supports the company’s continued growth and helps to secure the employment base in Nhill, where Luv-a-Duck is the town’s biggest employer.
Nhill will continue to be the centre of the company’s primary processing operations with more than $5 million in capital to be added over the next 18 months.
Luv-a-Duck’s expanded footprint in Ballarat will further cement its business as a proud Western Victorian producer.
BWEZ is a $30 million joint initiative between the Andrews Labor Government and the City of Ballarat to support the region’s economic growth over the next 20 years.
The project is delivering about 400 hectares of industrial land to attract large-scale businesses to Ballarat, which will build on the region’s existing strengths and help boost the local economy.
BWEZ is fast becoming a high quality industrial estate for a range of manufacturing, agribusiness, construction, freight and logistics and research and development uses.
It has been designed to enhance business productivity, with a freight hub on site, access for high productivity freight vehicles, top quality infrastructure, and close access to Ballarat airport.
Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“Ballarat West Employment Zone is set to become the engine room for Ballarat’s growth over the next 20 years and we are thrilled to see a much-loved family business call Ballarat home.”
Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight
“It’s great to see another addition to Ballarat’s local food scene, with Luv-a-Duck bringing 30 jobs, expanded business and the best roast cuts Western Victoria has to offer into Ballarat.”
Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard
“This is another vote of confidence of doing business right here in Ballarat and that’s great news for our City.”
Quote attributable to Luv-a-Duck CEO Daryl Bussell
“Luv-a-Duck is already a proud, family owned Western Victorian business and this expansion to our business allows us to continue our growth whilst remaining regionally based.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020