The announcement by Murray Goulburn this morning that it will continue operations at its Maffra plant has been welcomed by a delighted Gippsland East MP, Tim Bull, who described it as “fantastic news”.
“Having met local dairy operators and the new MG management team in recent weeks, it was clear there was a level of uncertainty about the outcomes of the review being undertaken,” Mr Bull said
“While the cessation of plants in other parts of the state is not good news for those communities, with the closure of Hazelwood and uncertainty around Australian Sustainable Hardwoods at Heyfield, there is a huge collective sigh of relief locally in Gippsland generally in relation to this.
“It is a credit to the district’s farmers that they have been able to provide a high level of supply and this was no doubt a strong factor in the decision-making process.
“MG has always had a strong footprint in East Gippsland and I would hope the changes announced will see improved returns to farmers on the land and a generally brighter future,” Mr Bull said.
Eastern Region MLC, Melina Bath, also welcomed the news and said it was pleasing from a local perspective the Murray Goulburn plants in both Maffra and Leongatha would remain.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017