Jobs galore as abattoir prepares to open


Harmony Starchild, Andre Pretorius, Jo Jo Chuang and Max Hughes. Photo Noel Fisher

Thomas Foods International are preparing to open the small stock abattoir at North Bourke by employing more people to take on the various roles at the plant.

Max Hughes and his partner Jo Jo Chuang have come in from Tamworth to take on specialist roles at the abattoir.

Max said that he was pleased that Thomas Foods had offered him and Jo Jo the opportunity to work at the Bourke plant.

“We jumped on board straight away,” Max said. “We have been at Bourke for a month now, and we love it out here. The people are great, it’s a good community and we are really enjoying ourselves living here.”

Max will be taking on a production supervising role in the boning room and cold store and Jo Jo is heading up quality assurance in those areas.

Andre Pretorius arrived in town last Saturday to take on the Work Health and Safety Coordinator position at the abattoir. Andre has relocated from the Lobethal small stock abattoir in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia.

“I am enjoying it so far; it is a great challenge and a great opportunity,” Andre said.

“The new Bourke facility is excellent, it is a very modern plant, and it will be a joy to work there once it is up and running”.

Harmony Starchild has been in Bourke for around six months, and she joined Thomas Foods about two weeks ago.


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