13 March 2019
Chairman of the North Queensland Livestock Industry Reconstruction Agency (NQLIRA) the Hon Shane L Stone and Advisory Board member Mrs Tracey Hayes participating in the first NQLIRA press conference. The 'presser' was held at the Townsville Abbatoir operated by JBS. Townsville is JBS Australia's second-largest processing facility, employing 508 people to achieve a processing capacity of 1,800 beef cattle per day. Opened in 1966, the Townsville facility is a grass-fed beef plant. The plant sources cattle from the Northern Territory and Northern and Central Queensland. This location for the 'presser' was selected to highlight the social utility of the livestock industry to the region and the Australian economy.