The Victorian Coalition Government s $ 1 billionRegional Growth Fund reached a major milestone in Mildura today, delivering its 1,500th project.
Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan attended a Regional Business Leaders Forum in Mildura, where he announced the Coalition Government would invest $150,000 from the Regional Growth Fund to support an expansion at Nangiloc Colignan Farms.
Mr Ryan, who was joined by The Nationals Member for Mildura Peter Crisp, said the $1.2 millionNangiloc Colignan Farms expansion would create 12 permanent jobs, 42 harvest jobs and included construction of: a new cool-room packing facility; an additional cool-room storage facility; and an additional hardstand and internal road infrastructure for the loading of containers in a dust free environment.
Mr Ryan said the cool-room packing facility would be used for the packing, lidding, labelling and shrink-wrapping of up to 10,000 boxes of grapes per day.
Mr Ryan said the cool-room storage facility would hold packed and processed fruit ready for export to countries including, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong and Russia.
We are proud to invest in this expansion project which ensures Nangiloc Colignan Farms can continue producing high quality grapes as well as packed and processed fruit, Mr Ryan said.
It means the company can continue to meet the standard its export customers have come to know and expect of fruit supplied by Nangiloc Colignan Farms.
It also enables Nangiloc Colignan Farms to increase its international customer base, with exports expected to grow by more than $7 million per year as a direct result of this expansion.
Mr Crisp thanked the Deputy Premier for the Coalition Government s continued support of the region, particularly through the $1 billionRegional Growth Fund.
Securing 12 new permanent jobs and 42 harvest jobs as a direct result of this investment is a win for the region, as is the more than $1.6 million a year which will be injected into the local economy in new wages, Mr Crisp said.
The investment secures the future of this processing facility here in Colignan and provides another shot in the arm for the fruit processing industry here in the Sunraysia region.
Mr Crisp said the cool room expansion project would be completed by May 2015 and he looked forward to working with the company and other local fruit processors to identify further areas for growth.
Mr Ryan paid tribute to Mr Crisp s unwavering determination to promote his region and secure funding for Sunraysia communities.
Peter Crisp is always the first in line to advocate for key local projects that can be supported through the Regional Growth Fund, Mr Ryan said.