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Council calls on Feds to support infrastructure in Kilcoy

SOMERSET’S expanding protein industry is at the centre of a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration by council and Kilcoy Pastoral Company.

Published: September 26th 2019

SOMERSET’S expanding protein industry is at the centre of a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration by council and Kilcoy Pastoral Company.

Somerset Regional Council endorsed the submission this week, with Mayor Graeme Lehmann saying Federal Government support for infrastructure and community programs was vital to the ongoing growth and prosperity of Kilcoy.

“With increased migrant levels in Kilcoy, federal support in the form of financial assistance to local government, community groups or businesses will assist in the delivery of hard and soft infrastructure,” Cr Lehmann said.

“The meat processing industry is Somerset’s largest employer and a key economic driver, and it has a high dependency on migrant workers.

“Kilcoy Pastoral Company has a proven track record of successfully welcoming, educating, training and integrating these workers into the local community.

“Approvals are in place for Kilcoy Pastoral Company to boost production to up to 2,000 cattle a day, meaning the labour force will need to increase from 1,400 employees to 2,000 during the next few years.

“What we want is a commitment from the Federal Government to support the Somerset community, and specifically essential infrastructure in Kilcoy, as the town’s migrant workforce continues to increase.”

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Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann and Kilcoy Pastoral Company CEO Dean Goode sign a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration.
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