Tasmanian Dairy Products Co Ltd (TDP) has welcomed a decision by the Circular Head Council to grant the company a permit to develop a multi-million dollar milk processing facility at Smithton.
TDP chief executive officer Gregg Pollack said he expected construction work would commence next week on the Gunns Ltd site following the council’s decision on Thursday night (22 September).
“We estimate that the construction will take approximately 12 months, employing up to 150 construction workers,” he said.
When operational, TDP will process raw milk purchased from Tasmanian farmers to produce a range of high quality dried milk products for export to overseas markets in Asia and the Middle East where demand for dairy products is strong.
TDP recently announced that Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co Limited (MG) had made a significant equity investment in TDP to facilitate the construction of the milk processing facility.
“We conducted very positive meetings at Smithton with dairy farmers and other stakeholders to announce the MG investment earlier this month,” Mr Pollack said.
“TDP is extremely pleased that the development, which will ultimately create between 50 and 75 permanent jobs in the area, has attracted strong community support.”
Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam expressed his strong support for the TDP development, adding that the economic benefits to the community were substantial.
“The Circular Head Council believes that the new facility will provide much-needed incentives for growing the dairy industry in the district and throughout the state,” Mr Quilliam said.
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