A Chinese investment group and the Flinders Shire Council could sign a binding agreement this month which could see a meat processing plant in Hughenden become a reality as early as 2018.
A trip to China in October saw Flinders Shire Council mayor Jane McNamara and NorthBEEF chairman Rob Atkinson establish a relationship with Chinese government-supported China National Victory Milestone (CNVM) investment group.
Previously known as DSCY, the investment group spent the last four months undertaking a restructure to cater for the project.
Now established with an office in Sydney, CNVM has begun constructing a team for its sole project, the Hughenden meat processing plant.
Mayor Jane McNamara said the trip to China was the pivotal point for the processing plant.
“This project has been on council’s cards for about 10 years but has just been bubbling along,” Cr McNamara said.
“We learnt firsthand that the Chinese like to work with people that they know, trust and have a good relationship with, so to go over and establish that connection was a step in the right direction.
“We cemented a relationship between ourselves (council and NorthBEEF) with CNVM and they then introduced us to all their partners over there including manufacturers, importing, freezing and cold storage representatives.”