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14 July, 2020

Longreach slaughterhouse doors re-open

HE BEGAN as an employee of Savage’s Butchery three years ago; 14 months ago Jerome Marks leased the Eagle Street meat outlet, and now he and wife Erin have obtained from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF) the lease to operate the slaughterhouse on land previously occupied by the Longreach Pastoral College.

By Hamish Hart

Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) CEO, David Arnold, said the board’s licence over the college slaughterhouse is set to expire at the end of 2020, with new lessees working out an agreement with QDAF.

"The slaughterhouse was withdrawn from the licence-to-occupy granted to RAPAD," Mr Arnold said. "It's fantastic to see a local business taking the opportunity to grow and utilise the fantastic facilities at the former college."

BF Savage and Co Butchery owners and new slaughterhouse lessees, Erin and Jerome Marks, said their lease was valid for two years, but hoped to operate the Longreach abattoir and support regional communities for a longer period of time.

"We have been looking at doing this for a few years and are ready to get started," Erin Marks said.

"We could supply to other butcheries in the near future. They do their own thing and we have a few clients not in Longreach. If they ask, we’re more than happy to oblige."

QDAF has entered into a two-year agreement with the Marks to occupy and develop the site with its abattoir facilities and holding yards, with required licences through Safe Food Production Queensland remaining in place.

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