The Girgarre community and district farmers have welcomed news of a new dairy factory to be built in the town.
ACM has announced it will build the new factory on vacant land next to the former factory which has not processed milk for almost 40 years.
Stanhope farmer Gordon Emmett, who will supply the factory when completed, agreed that everyone was on board.
‘‘We’re in the middle of going organic, so we will be a supplier,’’ Mr Emmett said.
‘‘It’s not just good news for Girgarre but for all the community. It certainly gives the community a bit of hope.’’
Girgarre dairy farmers Pat Nicholson and Tim Leahy said it was great news for the community.
‘‘It’s certainly a big boost to the town,’’ Mr Nicholson said.
‘‘I was a little surprisedcom,’’ Mr Nicholson said.‘‘ I didn’t expect a factory to be established at Girgarre again.
‘‘It can only be a good thing. More jobs add to the town and local community, so it’s got to be a great thing.
‘‘Everyone is rapt with what is happening.
‘‘I certainly haven’t heard any negative feedback.’’com he said.
Mr Leahy was thrilled by the news.
‘‘It’s good to see Girgarre expanding. A lot of small towns are becoming ghost towns,’’ Mr Leahy said.
Mr Nicholson and Mr Leahy agreed thatit was good for the dairy industry as a whole, not just for Girgarre.
‘‘It shows confidence is coming back in the dairy industry and it gives farmers another option to supply,’’ Mr Nicholson said.
‘‘More options are better for everyone.’’
ACM plans to start work on the Curr Rd site in December, subject to planning approvals, with milk processing expected to start in September next year.