State Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy expressed his concern for Cobram JBS workers and the community with news almost 200 employees will be made redundant.
Mr McCurdy said it had been an extremely difficult time for the abattoir workers since March when they were first stood down due to the company being unable to source small livestock.
‘‘Fears have been confirmed with 194 workers to be made redundant and the plant now unlikely to re-open,’’ Mr McCurdy said.
‘‘The impact on Cobram is immense. While it is a resilient community this is 194 people who have lost their jobs and that hurts.’’
Mr McCurdy said JBS’s decision regarding the Cobram plant was extremely disappointing.
‘‘Although this decision is market-driven with the lack of livestock, it doesn’t make it any easier for our community,’’ he said.
‘‘Many of the workers have families and mortgages and their jobs and future have been up in the air for months.
‘‘Those circumstances put a lot of pressure on people and it’s devastating it has come to this.’’
Mr McCurdy first called on Premier Daniel Andrews to intervene in the Cobram situation six months ago but assistance was not forthcoming.
‘‘I asked the premier to fight for the jobs of these workers,’’ he said.
‘‘I asked him to come to Cobram to provide support to these people who were facing so much uncertainty but there was no response.
‘‘It is up to Labor to show Cobram residents who are facing these extremely difficult circumstances that it will do something.
‘‘I hope now the Andrews Government will finally look to regional Victoria and invest in opportunities to create jobs in our regions.’’