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Kailis cleanup starts at Exmouth

WORK has begun to rebuild the MG Kailis Learmonth factory near Exmouth so it can reopen as close to the April start of the prawning season as possible.

While the factory buildings, including the pearl hatchery, survived Cyclone Vance, accommodation and support infrastructure was destroyed.

MG Kailis Group Seafood Division CEO Alex Kailis said the damage was estimated to be worth $5 million.

“The Learmonth operation has been developed over decades and it was tragic to see it destroyed in a matter of hours,” Mr Kailis said.

“The prawning and pearling operations employ up to 135 people and these people are important for the town of Exmouth.”

The company will be bringing in temporary generators to let it receive and process the 1999 seafood catch.

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