Last week’s news that ACM will build a new dairy factory in Girgarre has been welcomed by the residents of the town and from those who will supply the new factory.
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 surprised 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.’’
Mr Leahy was thrilled by the news.
‘‘It’s good to see Girgarre expanding. A lot of small towns are becoming ghost towns,’’ he said.
Mr Nicholson and Mr Leahy agreed it 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.’’
Mr Leahy said it was good news.
‘‘It shows a bright future,’’ he said.
‘‘Pity we have an ageing population, not many young people.’’
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.