Sydney buses bound for Bourke abattoir
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro, the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance, joined Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries to farewell two buses from Sydney as they make their way to the Far West to ensure workers at the new abattoir in Bourke have transport to and from work every day.
Mr Barilaro said the two buses would transport hundreds of workers from the around the region, who’ll be employed at the soon-to-open $60 million abattoir.
“The abattoir was always going to be a big job creator, but there were issues around how people in the region would actually get to work,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The local community told the NSW Government they needed this new service, so we listened, and I’m delighted to deliver this practical solution.
“This transport service will eliminate the stress for apprentices and employees who were facing the prospect of commuting vast distances for work.
“The abattoir is at least 15km from Bourke, another 100km from Brewarrina and 220km from Goodooga,” Mr Barilaro said.
Mr Constance said the buses, donated by Transport for NSW, will also improve safety for workers.
“With the plant located on a highway, workers would be sharing the road with heavy vehicles, tourists and caravans as well as wildlife at dusk and dawn during shift changes,” Mr Constance said.
“There’s been strong local support for this transport solution, including from local Aboriginal organisations, as it will also create an opportunity for a new Aboriginal business enterprise to operate the bus route,” Mr Constance said.
Mr Humphries said with the buses now on their way to the Far West, it was now all systems go for the new abattoir, which would provide a welcome boost to jobs and the local economy.
“The abattoir is expected to employ up to 180 to 200 local workers with a large percentage being Aboriginal people which will be a big help for the region,” Mr Humphries said.
“Another great thing about this project is the skills development program for which the government has committed $320,000 to train and upskill local workers and promote employment opportunities at the abattoir.”