Almost 12 months since the abattoir at Derringula re-opened, the meat-processing facility has again closed, however, this time with assurances that the closure is temporary.
Crown State Meat Company purchased the abattoir in 2014 from Warren Scifleet and commenced operations on 30 April, 2015.
The site had previously remained vacant since Bungangbah Meat Company ceased operations in November 2012.
Jon Choi, managing director of Crown State, said the latest closure was due to “economic and operational efficiencies.”
Mr Choi said the closure was temporary to allow the upgrade of plant and improvements to sheep processing procedures to be completed quickly and efficiently.
Warrumbungle Shire mayor, Cr Peter Shinton contacted Crown State and was told the closure related to the upgrade of infrastructure to meet export licensing requirements.
“It was disappointing to receive the news, but it is a case that to progress the new license conditions for an export facility, more upgrades are needed at the facility involving the boilers and heat-exchange system,” Cr Shinton said.
“The managers of Crown State Meatworks assured me that the upgrades to the facility would be undertaken as quickly as possible and would be easier and more efficient if the facility wasn’t in full production.”
Cr Shinton said the situation was unfortunate for the abattoir employees, but he’d been assured that once the upgrades were completed, all former staff would be given the opportunity to re-apply for their former positions.
He had also been told that once up and running again following the improvements and restructure of day-to- day operations, employment opportunities at the abattoir could be doubled.
Mr Choi said Crown State Meat Company looked forward to re-opening the plant in the future.
The abattoir at Derringula has been closed temporarily to allow the upgrade of plant and improvements to sheep processing procedures.