In the local leadership vacuum prevailing alongside the Naracoorte community's rejection of the proposed itinerant workers' camp at the town's former TAFE site, the silence from Teys/Cargill has been both surprising and disappointing.
The Teys/Cargill beef plant has a massive presence in the Naracoorte region in terms of its positive economic and philanthropic footprint.
As such, it is incumbent on the Queensland/American company to demonstrate transparency and accountability by participating publicly in the local discussion about abattoir worker accommodation.
The company has the greatest single interest in well-planned and sustainable long-term residential capacity in and around Naracoorte and, as such, the company should be playing a more visible leadership role in finding acceptable solutions.
The Teys family has built a truly proud legacy in Australia's beef industry and, as chief executive officer Brad Teys says on the company's website, "we operate our businesses within the Australian community".
We want Teys/Cargill to have a positive presence in our region for decades to come and for its workforce to have a sustainable presence in Naracoorte.
Tom and Katie Dawkins, Naracoorte