Meat processing business Midfield Group has
received approval to build a milk factory in Warrnambool, Victoria, which will
be constructed adjacent to its abattoirs.
The ABC reports that 250 jobs will be
created at the factory. The news follows the announcement last week that Midfield
will begin building another, “almost identical”,facility in Penola, South Australia.
The Victorian factory was approved by the
state parliament yesterday.
The Warrnambool Standard reports that Victorian planning minister Richard Wynne denied
their Warrnambool approval was a knee-jerk reaction to Penola.
South West Coast MP Denis Napthine, who was premier when the
factory expansion was announced last year, said the news was beneficial for
jobs and the agricultural sector.
“Growing marketing opportunities in the
rapidly-expanding Asian economies underpin this important local investment,”
Construction in Victoria will begin
immediately, and there are plans to begin production in July next year.
Midfield will spend $60 million converting
the Penola site from a former potato processing plant to a dairy processor. It has
said it will not open the Warrnambool site until Penola is operational.
Both will serve the growing Asian market
for dairy products.
“The milk powder
produced at the site will be targeted at exports markets that include
China,” SA premier Jay Weatherill told The Australian Financial Review.