Hillside Meats Expanding Local Export Business

Published: Friday, 20 December 2019 at 12:35:32 PM

The Shire of Narrogin would like to congratulate Hillside Meat Processors on increasing its local business operations in Narrogin and its continued support of the local export industry.

Hillside has employed 34 men from Tonga to meet its shortage of skilled workers and increasing demand for its services and products. A total of 14 men arrived in Narrogin from Tonga a few weeks ago, with a further 20 men set to arrive in February 2020.

The Shire of Narrogin hosted a welcome reception for Narrogin’s newest residents at the John Higgins Community Centre on Thursday 19 December 2019 offering an information pack to assist them to settle in to not only their new town, but new country!

Shire President Leigh Ballard in his official welcome highlighted the fantastic elements of living in Narrogin and encouraged the men to dive deep in to local community life.

He recommended they join in and volunteer at local organisations and sporting clubs which could include kick-starting Narrogin’s own rugby team!

Mr Ballard says the significant amount of new jobs filled at Hillside shows the local export industry is overcoming challenges, strengthening their operations and proving that business confidence in Narrogin is high. He added “Narrogin is a welcoming and inclusive community and it’s great to see some diverse new faces in town – I know that our community will make them feel welcome.”

A highlight of the welcome event was a traditional song performed by the Tongan men for guests before they were taken on a tour of some of the Narrogin Regional Leisure Centre facilities.

Mr Cam Ferris, General Manager at Hillside Meat Processors is excited by its recent business expansion and is very pleased that they have been able to identify and secure a stable and skilled workforce to continue Hillside’s growth. The men are expected to be in town for the next three years.

The Shire of Narrogin continues to support the economic development and growth of local businesses in town.

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