MURRAY GOULBURN CLOSURE CONCERNING FOR REGION
02 May 2017
Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay said the closure of Murray Goulburn’s Edith Creek plant was a further blow for the Circular Head region.
“About 120 Tasmanian workers will be affected by today’s announcement, which will have an effect on the community,” Ms Keay said.
“In many cases the partners of local farmers worked at the Edith Creek plant which means household incomes in Circular Head will be placed under even more pressure.
“This is the last thing the region needs following the effect of last year’s price clawback by Murray Goulburn and the resulting dairy crisis.”
Ms Keay said the company had a lot to answer for.
“Following the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s finding that Murray Goulburn’s reduction of farmgate prices breached consumer law, the company needs to refocus its attention on its farmer suppliers and workers,” Ms Keay said.
“While it is welcoming that the company will end its controversial milk support package, this will be cold comfort to those losing their jobs or with a cloud over their milk contract.
“I am also glad to hear that farmers will not be affected, with the Smithton powdered milk plant expected to take on Edith Creek’s milk supply.
“However, in the meantime I call on the State and Federal Governments to do everything they can to support those affected by today’s news.”
“Labor has been calling on the Government and Murray Goulburn to act on the crisis unfolding in our dairy industry for over 12 months.
“If the Turnbull Government had acted on the crisis in our dairy industry 12 months ago, as Labor has been calling for, these closures may have been prevented and jobs in these regions could have been saved.”