Dalby Bio-Refinery will open its doors at the end of this week.
Dalby Bio-Refinery will open its doors at the end of this week.

Virus not to blame for ‘temporary’ closure of bio-refinery

COVID-19 has not been blamed for the closure of the Dalby Bio-refinery, despite incorrect rumours that the refinery had shut its doors for good.

The “temporary” closure of the Dalby Bio-Refinery is not a sign of the times, rather a temporary measure taken for maintenance and a lack of demand, a refinery spokesman said.

“The refinery was closed for about four weeks due to lack of demand and thus the price the market will pay for its products,” he said.

“It is currently under maintenance and as soon as that is completed will reopen.”

Fears that local businesses will continue to shut down are rife due to new rules and shutdowns related to the Federal Government’s bid to slow the spread of coronavirus which has affected operations of several Western Downs businesses.

Western Downs Regional Council mayor Paul McVeigh said council would continue to support local businesses in light of the recent changes to business operations.

“The current global health emergency is having a significant impact right across the country, and unfortunately our region is not immune to these challenges,” Cr McVeigh said.

“As we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times, we will continue to see the impacts on certain businesses in our community, however I am confident we will make it through this crisis and bounce back stronger than before.

“As a council, we are doing all we can to support the community and we’re currently assessing a range of options to stimulate the economy and kickstart the recovery process.

“I encourage residents to continue showing community spirit and supporting one another through these tough times.”


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