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Smart decisions and quick actions saved jobs

News Article Date: 
Friday, 24 July 2020

Decisive action by the Midfield Group and South West Healthcare has helped save jobs and prevented a massive hit to the Warrnambool economy, Warrnambool Mayor Cr Tony Herbert said.
Late last week the Midfield Group, which employs more than 800 people at its Warrnambool abattoir, voluntarily closed down its operations after becoming aware that a private meat inspector who visited the site had subsequently tested positive to COVID-19.
“It was an incredibly difficult decision on the part of Midfield management to voluntarily close its Warrnambool operation,” Cr Herbert said.
“However, this decision and the subsequent action in having all of their 800-plus staff tested for COVID-19 was a pro-active move that was done in the best interests of staff, the business and the community.
“It was an extraordinary commitment on the part of staff to agree to being tested and an absolutely amazing effort by the health professionals to complete the testing and provide the results so quickly.
“It has provided certainty for the Midfield operation, for its customers and for the community.
“The importance of Midfield to the Warrnambool economy should not be underestimated.
“In addition to the 800-plus workers whose livelihoods depend on Midfield, there are many other supporting businesses that benefit from the presence of the abattoir.
“The outcomes here in Warrnambool are a great example of how quick thinking and co-operation across various agencies can help a community.
“While everyone still needs to remain vigilant and take precautions, I would like to praise the efforts of Midfield management and staff, South West Healthcare and officers from the Department of Health and Human Services.
“Council’s Environmental Health unit was also involved and I am extremely proud of the work they have done in helping to keep Council’s staff and clients safe and healthy over the past five months.”


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