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Collie considered for baby formula processing plant

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times
Steve Post is doing a baby milk processing facility feasibility study.
Camera IconSteve Post is doing a baby milk processing facility feasibility study. Credit: The West Australian, Daniel Wilkins

The potential for a baby formula processing facility to be built near Collie is being looked at as part of an independent feasibility study.

WA-based business development and risk management consultant Steve Post initiated the study because it was apparent there was a deficit in the market.

“It was something I had given thought to quite some years ago when it was evident there was a large market in Asia,” he said.

“That’s not only for infant formula but other products such as fresh milk and butter.

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“The world demand for dairy is growing rapidly – everyone talks about super foods but there is none better than milk.”

Grants available through the South West Development Commission, readily available water and the potential to tap into energy supplies attracted Mr Post to look at Collie as a potential site.

He said in order to build an expensive complex, freehold land would be preferential to the leasehold land on offer at Shotts.

“The different areas have different capabilities of what they can and can’t provide,” he said.

Collie shire president Sarah Stanley said the proposed facility was a good example of how the Futures Fund was attracting inquiries from a wide range of potential investors.

“The proposed milk processing facility project is a good example of the wide range of inquiries we’re fielding for potential new industries in Collie,” she said.

“Collie is well placed to capitalise on these opportunities as a central hub for power and transport.”

Scott River and the Peel region are the two other potential locations being investigated for the facility.

Mr Post estimated the facility would cost $100 million and would provide 30 to 50 new jobs.

He hopes to have results of the study by mid year.

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