Fresh eggs are
on the way
A new venture being run by Julalikari Council
is the chicken farm, situated on the dump road, just out of town. There
are approximately 600-700 chickens on the farm and within another fifteen
weeks, the first batch are expected to start laying.
The eggs will be available for sale in another 18 or 19 weeks. The eggs
will be sold locally under the name of 'Tableland Eggs'.
The eggs will initially be sold locally but after the local market is
satisfied, the eggs are expected to be sold at markets further afield.
The first place to be looked at is Mt Isa.
It all started about fours years ago when Paul Koch from SkillShare
had the idea that there was a market for eggs. Over the years a chook
farm has been slowly but surely set up and at the beginning of this
year a manager for the farm was employed.
Introducing himself as "H" for "Horrible", Harold
Weston, who has been employed by Julalikari to care for and maintain
the farm, has had wide experience with chickens.
Tony Fitzgerald, Works Manager of Julalikari CDEP says that the chook
farm works on the same basis as other CDEP enterprises and that is to
create employment opportunities for local people.
The advantage to Tennant Creek, apart from the establishment of another
local business, is to further reduce our reliance on imports. Hopefully
other enterprise-based ventures will follow.
"The only way you'll get fresher eggs than 'Tableland Eggs' would
be to keep your own chooks," claims Harold.
We can't wait to try our first omelette.