Colliers International is calling for tenders for the Killarney Abattoir which closed its doors in February and laid off 130 staff.
Colliers International is calling for tenders for the Killarney Abattoir which closed its doors in February and laid off 130 staff.

Locals register abattoir interest

TEN months after closing its doors and leaving 130 workers without a job, Killarney Abattoir may soon be in the hands of a new owner with marketing agency Colliers International last week listing the property for sale.

But interested people will need to get in quick.

Applications of interest for the abattoir will close at the end of this week, with Colliers director Phil Schell believing the very short campaign would cause a reaction within the property market, particularly with local investors.

“To be honest, I think there is more strength in the local interest; and when I say local, I mean from northern New South Wales and Queensland,” Mr Schell said.

Despite only a two-week period for interested parties to lodge their interest, Mr Schell said he had been encouraged by the reaction so far and said these types of short campaigns could help strengthen the lagging market.

“The market is extremely hard; it has been a very hard year and I think there are a lot of people hoping 2011 will see a revived interest from both overseas and locally,” he said.

The sudden closure of the abattoir and its Pittsworth counterpart early this year had a devastating effect, leaving 240 employees without a job.

Although a significant amount of time has passed since the business was operational, Mr Schell said he was optimistic the short, two-week campaign would generate a lot of genuine interest before this week’s deadline.

He said this time of year brought a lot of potential as many people were on holidays and had the time to sit and think about what they were going to do next.

Any interested parties should not hesitate in putting forward an offer, with Colliers optimistic of a positive result during this campaign.

“We are most definitely encouraging any participants to give us a call and register their interest and we do believe there is a genuine sale there,” Mr Schell said.

Applications for the property close this Friday, from which Colliers hopes to develop a shortlist of the offers presented.



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