Media Release: State Government Funding Announcement

Thursday 17th April, 2014

A new abattoir facility will create 15 local jobs in Koallah thanks to a $100,000 investment from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Representing Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan, Member for Polwarth, Terry Mulder, said the $100,000 grant would had created an overall investment of $571,000 in a new boutique abattoir facility at Koallah Farm (Eltsac Pty Ltd).

“Until now, the family-owned business at Koallah Farm has had a boning and packing facility, however the Boutique Abattoir and Administration Facility project will see the creation of a new abattoir on site,” Mr Mulder said.

“This will include a production line, rails, refrigeration, equipment, shedding, electricity, plumbing and engineering.

“The project is expected to create fifteen new jobs in food processing, administration and distribution, as well as develop local skills in the meat processing industry. Furthermore, once completed the abattoir will also allow other small producers to have their meat processed locally and stimulate the local economy.

Mr Mulder said Koallah Farm already supplied products to Geelong, Ballarat, Colac, Corangamite and some Melbourne suburbs with their ‘paddock to plate’ production system.

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund allowed communities to tell government what local priorities were, not the other way around.

“The Regional Growth Fund is investing in community-led projects to strategically drive jobs, investment and innovation in rural and regional Victoria,” Mr Ryan said.

“Since it was established in early 2011, the Regional Growth Fund has invested more than $400 million to deliver more than 1400 projects across regional and rural Victoria, leveraging $1.6 billion in total investment.”

“In Corangamite Shire, the Regional Growth Fund has provided $2.74 million to 25 projects, leveraging $3.73 million in total investment. Those projects included:


  • Over $1.16 million for the $1.88 million Terang Streetscape Renewal project
  • $144,000 for the $200,000 Lake Cobden Multi-use Trail, and
  • $105,000 for the $144,152 Camperdown Timboon Rail Trail Central Hub at Glenfyne






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