Prawn projects to generate CQ jobs feast
An $85 million expansion program is underway at Tassal’s Gregory River Prawn Farm north of Proserpine.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said approvals for Stage 4 were recently granted, paving the way for work that would create 100 construction jobs and boost operational jobs.
“And in further good news, today I can announce the Coordinator-General has declared Tassal Group’s $172 million project at Exmoor Station, north-west of Mackay, a coordinated project which means a full environmental impact assessment (EIS) of the project can now begin,” she said.
“If approved this project will follow the full development of the Proserpine expansion and would create Queensland’s largest land-based aquaculture facility.”
The Exmoor Station Prawn Farm is proposed within the Mackay aquaculture development area (ADA), one of six ADAs designated by the Palaszczuk Government and announced in January 2019 to attract growth in aquaculture.
Tassal Group head of supply chain and commercial services Ben Daley said the company was pleased to be expanding Queensland’s aquaculture industry, creating economic and jobs growth.
“Queensland produces some of Australia’s best seafood and we’re confident there’s a bright future in increasing locally grown produce,” he said.
“We plan to meet growing demand from Australian consumers as well as selected overseas markets for a great tasting, quality product.
“It’s predicted that by 2026, the Mackay-Whitsunday Tassal Group facilities could be producing a combined output of about 10,000 tonnes of prawns annually to help meet growing domestic demand and to further develop export markets.”
- 100 new jobs are expected to start flowing during Stage 4 construction of Tassal Group’s expansion of its existing prawn farm at Proserpine now through to mid-2022.
- Another 60 ongoing operational jobs are expected to be added to the existing local workforce of 244 when production reaches full capacity, set for August 2022.
- Tassal Group estimates Exmoor Station Prawn Farm could create another 100 construction jobs following the completion of Proserpine farm expansion and generate 620 operational jobs.