Two groups interested in abattoir

AFTER 12 months sitting idle, the Killarney Abattoir may soon be in the hands of new owners, with its listing agent currently in talks with two potential buyers.

Colliers International called for interest on the property in December and placed it on a short, two-week contract to gain a prompt resolution.

Director Phil Schell was initially hopeful for a result by mid-January, but said delays due to last month’s flooding have made that impossible.

Mr Schell said he has a meeting planned for this Friday to try to reach a final decision.

He said interest has been positive and he is currently dealing with two groups who have shown a strong interest in the property.

In February of last year the Leitch Pastoral Group-owned meatworks suspended kills and 130 employees were left jobless as a result.

Group owner Dudley Leitch entered the Killarney Abattoir, Pittsworth Meat Processors and Condamine River Meats into voluntary administration following the closure, leaving a long list ofcreditors.

The abattoir in Killarney was purchased by the group just two years earlier, having been estab- lished and managed by Killarney’s Hancock family for more than 30 years.



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