The prospect of a new meatworks in Hughenden moved closer after the announcement of a Chinese development deed on the weekend.
Flinders Shire Council said it was poised to take further advantage of its position as one of the best cattle producing regions in the world after signing a structured and detailed Project Development Deed to advance the development of the Hughenden meat processing facility and feedlot with Chinese partner Miao Wang representing CNVM Investment Pty Ltd.
The Strategic Partnership between CNVM Investment and Flinders Shire Council supported by State and Federal Government) has advanced the Hughenden Processing Facility to the detailed project design and approvals stage.
The Deed requires CNVM Investments Pty Ltd to develop the project within agreed time frames and guidelines and Flinders Shire Mayor Jane McNamara said the attendance of the Queensland Chinese Consulate officials at the signing ceremony with Ms Wang showed the Chinese Government's commitment to supporting the project.
"This is a great outcome for the residents of the Flinders shire and the state of Queensland. This strategic project will stimulate further investment and create much-needed jobs in Hughenden and Northern Queensland, " Cr McNamara said.
"This is an exemplary example of what small councils can achieve when they work as a team to create positive outcomes for their community. I emphasise that this outcome resulted from a real team effort between Council, CNVM Investment Pty Ltd and relevant Government entities. Importantly this new project will provide the opportunity to expand and develop further export channels and grow the current Domestic supply chain for Queensland beef into China."
Ms Wang of CNVM Investments said this was a very exciting project for CNVM and partners along the supply chain to China and it would develop good working relationships between Australia and China.
"We at CNVM are very committed to the Hughenden Processing Facility and feedlot and are looking to complete the approvals and development process as quickly and effectively as possible, and to bringing this project to life for Australia and China," Ms Wang said.
Flinders Shire CEO Daryl Buckingham said the Processing Facility and Feedlot showed Hughenden's premium position in transport options and proximity to the Port of Townville.
"This Project will inject much needed infrastructure and market opportunities for the beef industry of North Queensland," Mr Buckingham said.
Construction is set to commence late 2020 with operations to commence 2022.
It is planned to process between 800 and 1500 head daily creating over 200 local jobs.
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