Micro-abattoir receives Basin funding

Barham’s micro-abattoir project has now reached another milestone after Murray River Council was awarded $450,000 under the Federal Government’s Murray Darling Basin Economic Development Program.

The micro abattoir project will see the construction of a new modular multi species facility in Barham to service southern NSW pork, lamb, beef, goat and poultry "paddock to plate'' producers.

The $450,000 of funding will assist to deliver the construction stage of the project.

Murray River Council mayor, Cr Chris Bilkey welcomed the funding.

“It’s pleasing to see the Federal Government throw their support behind this project, recognising that this is all about supporting local job creation and skills development.”

“The local meat and poultry industry provides significant employment opportunities in Barham and district, so we are pleased to be able to help our producers remain viable through the development of the micro-abattoir.”

Murray River Council will oversee the build of the micro-abattoir on Gonn Rd near Barham on behalf of the Murray Plains Meat Cooperative.

The Co-operative is a group of 19 local meat producers and was formed in response to the closure of local abattoirs across the region in Gunbower, Pyramid Hill, Deniliquin and Echuca.

Following feasibility investigations, the multi species abattoir was deemed the most innovative and cost-effective model available for local farmers who are seeking to grow, process, package and market livestock.

Construction of the facility will reduce freight costs, provide a more humane processing experience, improve carcass and meat quality and improve producer and regional business viability whilst supporting local employment.

“This project will be a positive economic driver for the region; helping to maintain and create new jobs,” Cr Bilkey said.