This is going to hurt the region

April 12, 2018

COMMITTEE for Echuca Moama’s chief executive Martin Szakal (pictured) believes the Riverside Meat’s closure will have an impact on the region.

But he said it was not all doom and gloom.

‘‘It has an impact and a flow on affect,’’ he said.

‘‘I am not sure what the long-term impact is ... but in general it will have an impact to the local area.

‘‘Loss of jobs always does, however, it seems there are jobs in other industries where some of those workers could use their skills.’’

Mr Szakal said he always encouraged further education as a way to further job opportunities.

‘‘That includes getting qualifications for skills they’ve already got which gives them opportunities in the future,’’ he said.

‘‘Sometimes some of these workers have skills that aren’t recognised because they’ve never done training or formal education and sometimes it’s quite easy to get a qualification for some of those skills.

‘‘I am always an advocate for education, no matter what you’re doing.’’

Mr Szakal said generally there was some ‘‘positivity’’ around the industry at the moment.

‘‘There is some resilience in the market,’’ he said.

‘‘I think there’s always opportunity, it’s just about how you look at it.’’

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