Meat processing facility Wagstaff Cranbourne will increase its exports and create 110 new jobs thanks to $350,000 from the Victorian Coalition Government.
Speaking today in Cranbourne, Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Peter Ryan announced Wagstaff Cranbourne would rebuild and upgrade its facility following a fire at the plant in March this year.
Mr Ryan said Wagstaff Cranbourne will also upgrade its infrastructure to include a sustainable waste water process.
“Tragically for Wagstaff Cranbourne its plant was largely destroyed by the fire which severely affected its business and its community,” Mr Ryan said.
“After enduring such hardships following the fire, the upgrade of the facility is seen as a vital stepping stone to recovery and growth for Wagstaff Cranbourne.”
Mr Ryan said the facility would increase its capacity of processing 3,000 sheep and lambs per day up to 5,000 due to the upgrade.
“The increase in numbers will have a positive impact on local suppliers as the company sources two thirds of its livestock from within Victoria,” Mr Ryan said.
“The increase in production will also allow Wagstaff Cranbourne to grow its export business to Asia and the USA, and to the Middle East and Israel for which it produces meat suitable for the halal and kosher markets respectively.”
Mr Ryan said Wagstaff Cranbourne was part of the Wagstaff Group, an innovative company that was an important employer in Victoria.
“The Wagstaff Group’s headquarters are in Cranbourne and it has other meat processing operations in Dandenong and Garfield making it a great contributor to Victoria’s food sector,” Mr Ryan said.
The Coalition Government has set a goal of doubling food and fibre exports by 2030.
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