Development Application lodged for $72m Pirie Meats Abattoir
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A $72 million abattoir is one step closer to reality with the development application for the proposed Pirie Meats abattoir at Warnertown officially lodged with Port Pirie Regional Council today.
This abattoir, at full capacity, will create approximately 400 jobs and will be able to export to the Middle East, Asia and North America.
Developer Reg Smyth said the three-and-a-half year journey allowed time to develop the design of the abattoir operation.
“We have added more technology and efficiencies to come up with a comprehensive design that will future proof the operation,” he said.
“People are moving livestock many miles to access a facility like ours.
“We hope this becomes a hub for a lot of opportunities around this sector.”
Mayor Leon Stephens said the abattoir would have “immense economic benefits” to the region estimated at approximately $7 million per year.
“It is a game changer for our region,” he said.
Regional Development Australia Yorke & Mid North board member Lindsay Crouch shared his excitement for the project.
“The multiplier effects for the region are immense – it’s not just the abattoir, it’s the things that can happen outside of that,” he said.
It is expected that pending approval from Council and the relevant State agencies, the abattoir could be in operation in approximately 18 months’ time.