Hundreds of jobs to supercharge Stawell under Regional Jobs Fund

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The Andrews Labor Government is creating 250 jobs while unlocking new export opportunities with a major abattoir upgrade in Stawell.

Minister for Regional Development and Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas today visited Frew Foods International in Stawell to announce funding through the Labor Government’s Regional Jobs Fund to assist the company in delivering a multi-million-dollar abattoir expansion project.

Frew Foods International is Stawell’s largest employer with its almost 500 staff, processing up to 900,000 sheep each year for local and overseas markets, including the United States and Canada. The abattoir is rated as one of Australia’s highest quality lamb processing facilities and is a key lamb supplier for Woolworths and Aldi.

The project will almost double Frew Foods’ current lamb production, with works already underway to upgrade equipment to process more sheep at a lower cost. This will help the company grow its lamb exports across Europe and North America.

The company is also set to install a cold storage room at the site to drive down storage costs and a traceability system to track livestock during any potential disease outbreaks.

The upgrade is enabling Frew Foods to create a wide range of new roles at the abattoir including managers, labourers, forklift drivers, drovers and maintenance workers.

Established in 1984, Frew Foods International is an Australian family business that merged with local company, Thomas Foods International, in 2020.

The Regional Jobs Fund is part of the Government’s flagship Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund which helps businesses create jobs in regional Victoria, supports community projects and backs councils to build the infrastructure that locals and visitors need.

The Labor Government has invested more than $700 million in its Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund since 2015 – supporting around 13,000 jobs and delivering 1,000 projects.

The Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund is part of the Government’s more than $36 billion investment in rural and regional Victoria since 2015. For more information go to rdv.vic.gov.au/rjif

(Media release)

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