DEVELOPERS of the $38 million Blayney Goat Abattoir project expect it to be fully operational by this time next year, employing a minimum of 150 permanent workers.
The project, subject to approval from the Department of Planning and Environment, will be built within the Blayney SeaLink Cold Store Complex.
James Price, a spokesman for developer Metziya, said the project will prove a boon for the entire region compensating for job loses at Electrolux and Cadia Valley Operations in Orange and Downer EDI in Bathurst.
“This will soak up displaced labour from the region,” Mr Price said.
Mr Price said numerous other businesses would benefit both from the construction of the abattoir and its ongoing operation.
“Already there are several local businesses involved in the planning and pre-construction stages of the project,” he said.
“There will also be new jobs created for a range of service providers from transport companies to cleaning businesses.”
Mr Price said the development shows the region “has a bright future for jobs and a continuing manufacturing base, and Blayney is the engine room for jobs growth”.
“(However) This is not just about Blayney this will benefit Orange, Bathurst and Cowra,” he said.
The principal of Metziya, George Tanos, expects initial annual export sales to exceed $60million with further growth predicted.
Mr Price said Blayney Shire Council is currently considering its submission and support for the development.