Owners of the Talbot Provedore and Eatery, Christoper Howe and Jayne Newgreen, have been a part of history this month, successfully bringing a first of its kind mobile abattoir to Victoria.
Mr Howe and Ms Newgreen, along with three partners, have been working on mobile abattoir business Proviner for six years and this month received the go ahead to run the operation in Victoria after previously only being able to run in New South Wales.
“It’s a mixture of trepidation, excitement and exhaustion and not really believing that it’s real after so long, we can’t believe it’s actually going to happen,” Mr Howe said.
“It’s the first of its kind in Australia.
“Provenir is based in Bannockburn but due to the regulatory framework we’ve only been able to process NSW stock — all the meat we’ve had on our menu at the Provedore since we got licensed in NSW last year has been Proviner beef.
“Becoming licensed in Victoria gives us the ability to partner with truly local producers and create true paddock to plate. For us it’s another incredible opportunity to showcase what this region has to offer.”
Bringing Proviner to Victoria involved changing Victoria’s Meat Industry Act 1993 to include vehicles in the definition of abattoirs, and create a licensing category with PrimeSafe, which Ms Newgreen said was “quite an achievement”.
“We’ve been working on the project since 2014,” she said.
For more on this story see Page 6 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, July 28