Australia’s largest goat meat exporter is back in business after last month’s flooding in south-west Queensland closed the abattoir at Charleville.
Murweh Mayor Mark O’Brien says Western Exporters has reopened this week, which will mean a huge boost to the local economy.
About 160 workers were laid off after the floods.
Councillor O’Brien says it is another indication of how the community is recovering.
“It’s the biggest employer in south-west Queensland,” he said.
“I was talking to the proprietor and he said he was confident that he can get access to enough goats to keep it operating as per normal. That’s been the problem, just getting access to goats and they’re coming from near and far but at the moment it’s full steam ahead which is wonderful.”
Cr O’Brien says the reopening will boost the local economy by about at least $1 million a week.
“A lot of the employees in that plant would have had very restricted income during the period of its closure, so it was really important that we did whatever we could to help Western Exporters get up and running again, but it was great news this week that they’re back on deck and the impact of it filters through the community very quickly,” he said.