Thomas Foods puts forward new $300m meatworks for council approval

Plans created by Thomas Food International for a new meatworks at Pallamana have been officially submitted to the Rural City of Murray Bridge.

The development application shows the new meat processing plant at a 350-hectare site on farmland on Temora Lane and Wilkin Road.

The $300 million facility will cover "whole of cycle stock" processing, and will replace the old site in Murray Bridge, which was ravaged by fire in 2018.

According to the application, such a facility would employ 2000 people when fully operational.

The proposal allows for a staged completion, as construction would be completed to meet demand and the company asked for 10 years to fully build the site instead of the usual three years given under development applications.

The site would include stockyards, slaughter works, processing facilities, dry and cold storage and dispatch, composting, rendering and administration areas.

The Council Assessment Panel will consider the proposal at an upcoming meeting.

The development may be referred to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, as the council could see a potential change in the nature of the movement through an intersection with a main road in the area.

This intersection is being upgraded with state and federal government funding, and is occurring alongside the creation of a new public road by the council that leads straight to the site.

At the time of the announcement of the project last year, Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland chief executive Jo Podoliak said the move had brought a huge amount of confidence and relief to the business, industry and wider community.

"From here, we can expect to see significant regional growth in our exports, a boost for local producers and not to mention the significant regional infrastructure investment," she said. "It reiterates our region's place as the food production and manufacturing mecca for South Australia.

"We expect to see confidence as this collaborative investment sends an exceptionally positive investment message to any companies considering putting money or resources in the Murraylands."

The new jobs would boost the region.

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