New hatchery marks business confidence in the Southern Downs
The first sod has been turned today on the construction of a new $22 million chicken hatchery in Allora.
The Darwalla Group’s hatchery, located in Bradfield Road, Allora, will generate 18 direct jobs, in addition to a number of contractor positions during construction.
State of the art equipment will be imported from Belgium for the plant, which is expected to be operational just after Christmas this year.
Southern Downs Regional Council’s Mayor Tracy Dobie welcomed this development and said Council is working hard to attract new businesses and industry that will create jobs and growth in the region.
“This new hatchery is a boon for jobs in the Southern Downs.
“It also adds to the clean, green reputation of the Southern Downs region as the place for people establishing world-class businesses,” she said.
The Mayor also highlighted that the additional jobs generated by the hatchery will build on other new jobs in the region.
“100 jobs were confirmed last week by the Churches of Christ for their new residential aged care service currently under construction in Warwick, and we’re expecting additional employment from the Grove Juice expansion.
“This also augments the recent partnership project and joint application by Council and John Dee to the Building Better Regions Fund for a $15 million expansion that will create 130 new jobs.
“Council is committed to attracting new businesses and industries to the Southern Downs, and we will continue to seek other employment generating businesses and to assist existing businesses to expand in the region,” said Cr Dobie.
The Darwalla Group is looking to establish strong links with Council and the community.
L-R: Darwalla Group Managing Director Albert Bemfer and CEO David Greaves, DAFF Regional Director Richard Routley, Darwalla Group Chief Technical Officer David Bray and SDRC CEO David Keenan.