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Former Innisfail meatworks to be ‘exported’

Jon Condon, 08/03/2012

It was reported in Queensland Parliament this week that a group of Far North Queensland cattlemen located in the region west of Cairns have bought some of the infrastructure from the former Teys Brothers abattoir at Innisfail.

Their intention is to relocate the equipment, said to include including the carcase chain and some coldroom infrastructure, to the Solomon Islands, where they plan to set up a feedlot using local by-products with a local cattle producing family, and establish a local abattoir, reports suggest.

The group intends to also export live cattle to the Solomon Islands sourced from North Queensland through the nearby deep-water sugar-loading Port of Mourilyan, providing jobs and fresh food for the people of the Solomon Islands.

The Teys Innisfail plant closed in 2009, following extensive damage caused by Cyclone Yasi.

A dispersal sale of components including boilers, motors, chilling infrastructure and other items was held on behalf of Teys Brothers last year, after it was decided that the plant was unlikely to re-open in its existing form.

Sheds and other infrastructure remains on the site, and is being considered by potential buyers for other applications.

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