Ararat Abattoir set to expand in a win for local jobs

Posted Monday 26 June, 02:29pm

Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green announced $200,000 funding towards the Ararat Abattoirs on Monday.

The Government's grant has helped secure Ararat Abattoirs’ $800,000 upgrade and expansion, supporting hundreds of jobs and boosting the local economy.
Ms Green announced the Labor Government’s support for the project on Monday, which will safeguard 300 existing jobs and create 30 new jobs in Ararat.
"That’s great news for the local economy and the community of Ararat,”  Ms Green said.
“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 to do business and create jobs by cutting payroll tax by 25 percent – making it the lowest rate in the country." 
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 the Ararat Rural City 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.