Council meets with prospective meatworks investors

Maranoa Mayor Tyson Golder and Councillors Peter Flynn, David Schefe and Wendy Newman recently met with the Valinda Team Consortium, joint-investors who are in the process of producing a Development Application for a proposed meatworks on a site near Pickanjinnie, west of Wallumbilla.

Councillor Peter Flynn, Portfolio Chair for the Roma Saleyards said that following the favourable study regarding the positioning of a meatworks in the Maranoa region, Council is very interested in looking at new meatworks proposals.

"A development of this nature would bring significant benefits to the local agricultural industry, creating jobs and therefore providing positive economic outcomes for the Maranoa," Cr Flynn said.

"Discussion with the Valinda Team Consortium centred on planning developments, access to the site, water usage permissions and community support (benefits/challenges) of the setting up of the meatworks.

"The discussion had a positive vibe to it and Council looks forward to future developments on this proposal and other possible proposals regarding the future of a meatworks in the region."

The Valinda Team are in discussion with Chinese banking consortiums to bring the proposal to fruition. The consortium also embarked on a visit to Roma Saleyards to look at the proposed improvements to the complex and the ability to access cattle in the region, given the Saleyards is Australia's largest cattle selling centre.