Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor

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    Consideration of further aid for Metro Meats in Albany

    29/01/1993 12:00 AM
     
     
    The State Government will consider further assistance to Metro Meats in Albany, provided it gives an undertaking to stay in the town for two years.
     
    Deputy Premier Ian Taylor said today any assistance would be conditional on the company agreeing that if the company closed its operation or left the town, the Government wanted first option over its property so taxpayers' money could be recouped.
     
    Mr Taylor said the State Government since 1985 had provided $916,219 in direct assistance to Metro Meats in Albany.  The company had also been given a loan guarantee of $800,000 to help the establishment of the Katanning abattoir.
     
    "The Government has not been approached by the company for assistance," Mr Taylor said.
     
    "There has also been no contact made recently with the principal project officer of the Department of State Development.
     
    "Instead we get, out of the blue, a media statement complaining how hard done by they are.
     
    "The Government will not commit willy-nilly to help Metro Meats, which is under threat anyway, without some sort of guarantee of security for taxpayer funds.
     
    "The bullying and threatening tactics being used by the company in the current delicate political climate will not change that position.
     
    "With respect to the environmental requirements and the deadline, Environment Minister Jim McGinty has said he is willing to reconsider this issue."