Devondale to establish milk processing facility in Australia
Australia-based dairy food exporter Devondale (Murray Goulburn Co-operative) is set to construct a new milk processing facility at Erskine Park in Sydney, with an investment of A$60m ($54.5m).
In April, the dairy co-operative announced plans to invest A$120m ($109.1m) to establish two milk processing plants in Melbourne and Sydney, as part of an effort to grow its daily pasteurised milk business in New South Wales and Victoria.
Devondale has already commenced the construction of the first processing facility in Melbourne, Victoria, which is being built alongside Devondale's existing Integrated Logistics Centre in Laverton.
In June, Devondale purchased a five-hectare site for the new facility within the 100-hectare western Sydney industrial park from industrial firm CSR.
Devondale operations general manager Keith Mentiplay said that as the new Sydney site is now secured, work will soon begin on the new facilities.
"There is just over one year to go before we are scheduled to begin production and we are well on track to becoming the nation's most efficient producer of daily pasteurised milk," Mentiplay said.
"Erskine Park was an obvious choice for us. As well as excellent land quality and infrastructure, this location also gives us easy access to the major milk supply regions in NSW, to the north, south and west of Sydney."
According to Devondale, the new site is an ideal location for the facility as the new Erskine Park Link Road is set to open in the next month, which will provide easy access to the M7 Westlink Motorway.
The co-operative is seeking to grow its milk supply in the Sydney region in order to support the new processing plant, and it recently held farmer meetings in Bomaderry, Taree West and Matland.
Image: The new facility will strengthen Devondale's daily pasteurised milk business in New South Wales. Photo courtesy of Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Limited.