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Devonport abattoir update

Peter Gutwein, Minister for State Growth

The Hodgman Liberal Government understands the importance of a sustainable meat industry in Tasmania and we are continuing to facilitate negotiations with industry players around the future of the JBS facility in Devonport.

I am pleased to report constructive negotiations between Tasmanian Quality Meats (TQM) and JBS are progressing well, ensuring a seamless transition to TQM after the 15th of November, which would see the facility continue to process pork for at least the next 12 months.

Productive discussions with industry and other service providers continue, with a number of other abattoir facilities having come forward to offer their services to the industry.

The Government is also working closely with the TFGA and the Tasmanian Island Pork Alliance and has been in discussions with the Tasmanian arm of the Australian Meat Industry Council.

We are aware that a period of transition and consolidation for industry will occur as a result of changes to the operation of the Devonport abattoir and would encourage other processing and those supply chain businesses with the capacity to contribute to the continuation of a sustainable meat industry, contact us through the Business Tasmania hotline on phone 1800 440 026 – which is our central contact register so that we can disseminate this information to industry and stakeholders.

The Department of State Growth Skills Response Unit has already been on site at JBS and met with several workers, making introductions to job agencies and providing information on skills programs. They will meet more workers later this week and there are strong early signs of new employment placement opportunities for affected workers.

Any businesses affected by the JBS announcement should also call the Business Tasmania hotline should they have any concerns or are seeking further information.

Contact details for those abattoirs that have put forward their names will be published on the State Growth website at: