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JBS seeks approval for expansion to meatworks

One of the city’s most prominent employers has lodged an application with council to extend its Ipswich facility.

Australia’s largest meat processing company, JBS Australia Pty Ltd, is seeking approval to build three new buildings over three stages at its Dinmore plant.

The plant processes thousands of head of cattle per day with about 2,000 staff onsite.

The company plants to increase storage space to allow meat products to be chilled for longer, increasing the quality of the product to market.

It also wants to create a new maintenance and amenities building.

“The first stage is proposed to create a new building attached to the south of the existing chillers room to increase the storage capacity of beef,” the application states.

“The second stage is proposed to demolish the existing chillers next to the boning room and construct a new chillers and marshalling building that will increase storage capacity.

“Stage three of this development is intended to remove the current maintenance office and amenities buildings and replace them with new upgraded facilities.”

The development will not mean an increase in staff or visitors at the plant.

The Dinmore processing plant has undergone several extensions over the years and includes some of the industry’s most advanced technology.

According to JBS Australia Pty Ltd, it is the largest plant in the southern hemisphere.

The JBS Australia Pty Ltd application can be viewed at ipswichplanning.com.au using application number: MCU-1077/2020.

Council is yet to make a decision on this application.

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