The NSW country town of Batlow is facing extinction, with the closure of the local food cannery and food packaging plant, due to cheap imported pears.
Batlow is a well-known orchard district about 100 km west of Canberra, in the Great Dividing Range in southern New South Wales, and the original source of Batlow pears.
Its main industries today are the Batlow Cannery, which produces the well-known Mountain Maid brand of canned fruits and juices, and the nearby Tumut Pulp Mill.
The canning industry has been devastated by cheap imports from overseas, and jobs have been lost in the timber industry, due to restrictions on logging due to pressure from greenies.
The shutdown of the cannery may force the closure of shops and businesses in the town, and ultimately, the closure of orchards which supplied it.