The redevelopment of the Mallacoota Abalone Co-Op into a high standard processing facility and visitor attraction is taking shape, according to local MP Darren Chester.
Mr Chester said it was great to see work had started on the rebuild after the co-op was one of the hardest hit by the black summer bushfires, with the factory completely burnt out.
“I’ve met with Mark Touzeau, Charles Nelson and Geoff Ellis from the co-op multiple times over the last 18 months post fires, and worked hard with them to secure $3 million through the Regional Economic Stimulus and Resilience Grants to rebuild the processing facility,” Mr Chester said.
“The co-op is one of the largest employers in the Mallacoota region, and it is a critically important industry for our world-class wild harvest abalone.
“AFCOL Australia lost its abalone processing facility in Commercial Road where wild-caught abalone is prepared for export to overseas markets.
“The abalone industry is synonymous with Mallacoota and is a critical part of the regional economy.”
Mr Chester said many people would be excited to learn the business has big plans for the future and the importance of the new factory being up and running as soon as possible.
“This funding will create new jobs for Mallacoota and allow for people to visit and learn more about this delicacy,” Mr Chester said.
“AFCOL is currently operating out of a temporary processing facility so the wild harvest abalone can still get to market and local jobs are secured.
“This is a fantastic project and will have significant benefits to the region.”
The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year and operational in January 2022.