Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

19 September 2017

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Primary Industries and Water

JBS Longford

The JBS Australia decision at its Longford abattoir is very disappointing.

Jobs are our number one priority and with the broader unemployment rate declining, we will leave no stone unturned to support those affected into new jobs.

The Government’s Skills Response Unit is in place and working closely with affected staff, as it has done since April.

The unit is in the area today and speaking to other potential local employers about possible work opportunities for those affected, including in the wider agricultural sector.

Tasmania has a strong livestock sector worth $400 million and I understand this company decision is based on a number of factors including the previous drought that impacted on lamb numbers and reduced supply.

The Hodgman Liberal Government continues to work closely with farmers, the TFGA and processors on strategies to grow local livestock productivity and processing.

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