GIPPSLAND South MP Danny O’Brien says local industries are continuing to be hurt by soaring prices for electricity and gas under the Labor Government.
Mr O’Brien visited GBP Australia at Poowong last week to inspect its new rendering plant that has shored up the business and the 170 jobs that rely on it.
“I was alarmed to hear that the business’ electricity bills have gone up 50 per cent in 2018, which places a significant strain on the abattoir.
“The company has done a great job in the past in employing locals and adding value to our local beef cattle production, however spiralling electricity costs since the Andrews Labor Government forced the early closure of Hazelwood Power Station have hurt GBP Australia and many other local businesses.
“This is a very viable business but it is being hurt by power price increases and the government is not doing anything to help, indeed its Victorian Renewable Energy Target Program will only increase the cost of electricity in Victoria and could potentially force the closure of another cheap coal fired power station.”
Mr O’Brien said the new rendering plant at GBP Australia was state of the art, and produced none of the odours or other issues that one might expect.
“You can stand right next to this plant and not know what it is doing, but the investment has helped make the abattoir more viable and it is a credit to Ben and Max Siegel that they’ve made this investment and help shore up local jobs and another buyer for our local beef cattle.”
Local industry struggling with high power prices