Goat carcasses hang up at Western Meat Exporters at Charleville in western Queensland. Picture: JAMES WAGSTAFF
Goat carcasses hang up at Western Meat Exporters at Charleville in western Queensland. Picture: JAMES WAGSTAFF

Meatworks to quadruple output in exciting expansion project

Plans to expand a Charleville meatworks could more than quadruple its output and create more job opportunities for the Outback town.

Charleville’s Western Meat Exporters goatworks facility is currently the state’s largest commercial-scale operation of its kind processing about 100,000 animals annually

But there are now plans to make it even bigger, allowing up to 460,000 sheep to be processed every year, which will create jobs for the town with about 5.4 per cent unemployment.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles told Queensland Parliament on February 24 that part of a $175 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund will be used to fund the meatworks expansion, among other projects.

“Western Meat Exporters is already Queensland’s largest commercial-scale sheep and goat abattoir and Charleville’s biggest private employer,” Dr Miles said.

“The abattoir is developing a partnership with Charleville State High School to increase direct engagement with high school students through a formal work experience and traineeship program.”

Dr Miles said the expansion will cost $8.2 million in total.

Parts of the $175 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund will also go to Longreach’s Western Queensland Livestock Exchange, Clermont’s showground and saleyards, and Hughenden’s grape industry.

Charleville Western Times

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