Mayor Keith Campbell and  Dr Anthony Lynham with Kingaroy QFES firefighter at the community barbecue on Saturday morning.
Mayor Keith Campbell and Dr Anthony Lynham with Kingaroy QFES firefighter at the community barbecue on Saturday morning. Katherine Morris

Next steps to get Swickers boning room back up and running

SWICKERS is making plans for what it can do when a new boning room goes up, after the fire earlier this month.

Swickers Manager of General Operations Lincoln Hawks said out of every situations there were opportunities for growth.

"What we've got to focus on is what we can build, we can have it bigger and better,” he said.

Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham visited Kingaroy airport this morning to congratulate Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and speak with Swickers employees and their families.

"We want to see this company get back to full production as soon as possible-for their 570 workers, and the other businesses in their supply chain,” he said.

"Staff from my Department of State Development have worked with South Burnett Regional Council and Swickers to allow trucks access to the Kingaroy site via an alternative road network.

"My Department and other state agencies have been holding briefings with council and the company to resolve issues as they are raised,” he said.

"The Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Ipswich City Council partnered to establish the temporary local planning instrument (TLPI), necessary for relocating the Kingaroy workers,” he said.

"This is a great example of the cooperation between government, council and the company.

"Ipswich City Council and the Ipswich plant owner, WilPak Meats, have shown exceptional work in locking down a new boning facility to strengthen Swickers' operation.

"Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has been working with South Burnett Regional Council on necessary clean-up approvals.

"This is a terrific outcome for the company and for the workers and their families, particularly so close to Christmas.”

South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell said it was reassuring for the South Burnett as a community that Swickers was going rebuild on the same location.

"We want to continue to work with you and see you go back on Kingaroy- Barkers Creek Road as quickly as possible,” Cr Campbell said.

"If there are any positives out of this situation it's seeing the way the community responds.”