Creating new jobs in Kyneton25/11/2016
The Victorian Government has helped create 170 local jobs and safeguard 300 existing jobs in Kyneton through supporting a $5.9 million Hardwicks Meat Works expansion.
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today officially opened the upgraded facility in a boost for local jobs and the regional economy.
The completed project has delivered a new boning room, a cold storage facility and an expansion of the beef and lamb processing floors.
It’s increased the processing plant’s production capacity and has allowed Hardwicks to broaden their product range and improve the quality of the meat products it produces.
The project has provided opportunities for people to access skilled food processing jobs and secured the longer-term sustainability of Hardwicks’ role as a major private sector employer for the region.
The expansion is set to provide a significant boost to the economic output of the Kyneton region and has strong support from the Macedon Ranges Shire Council and local community.
The meat sector is a significant contributor to Victoria’s economy with Victorian beef and sheep meat products exported around the globe, and valued at more than $2.7 billion in 2015-16.