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Sneak peek: $18m expansion at Nolan Meats

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An $18 million expansion of the Nolan Meats meat processing facility in Gympie complete, creating new jobs and trade opportunities.

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien says the local economy will all benefit from the improved facility for decades to come.

The upgrade has created 130 jobs during the pandemic when most business owners had to lay off workers due to the economic downturn.

Nolan Meats injected $197.3 million into the Wide Bay Burnett economy through the procurement of cattle in 2020.

The family-owned business employs more than one per cent of people in the Gympie region.

“This investment is putting pay packets on the tables for more than 200 local families all up, and supporting the jobs of hundreds of others, from primary producers to farmworkers, freight drivers, and more, right through the supply chain,” Mr O’Brien says.

The facility will now double its daily processing capacity, reduce the amount of manual handling, improve the ergonomics of tasks and create a safer and more comfortable working environment.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack says the expansion supported 45 jobs during construction and creates another 200 ongoing jobs.

“The project provides structured pathways for young people in the region to transition from school to full-time employment and training,” Mr McCormack says.

“Over a third of all positions at Nolan Meats are filled by young workers and this expansion will ensure there is a further increase in quality jobs here over the next three to five years.”

“The project has allowed Nolan Meats to fully utilise the distribution centre and the expanded boning, chilling and co-products areas, delivering more fantastic produce and with it local jobs,” Mr Littleproud said.

The Australian Government committed $5million to the expansion.