Coalition delivers $240,000 for Goulburn Valley growth
- $240,000 to expand fruit production in Goulburn Valley & create 40 jobs
- Supporting four projects in Shepparton, Toolamba and Bunbartha
- Coalition Government supporting Goulburn Valley’s horticulture industry
Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh was today joined by The Nationals candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr to announce $240,000 from the Victorian Coalition Government to support the expansion of fruit production in the Goulburn Valley.
Mr Walsh said the investment from the Coalition’s $5 million Goulburn Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund would support four projects in Shepparton, Toolamba and Bunbartha and create 40 local jobs.
“This is not an election promise, it is funding that has already been approved and will be delivered no matter what happens on 29 November,” Mr Walsh said.
The Coalition’s investment will support four projects totalling $2.88 million:
- A new fruit grader, cool store and shed extension at ACN Orchards to improve packing efficiency;
- An expansion at Boumbis Orchards to increase packing capacity by 50 per cent and allow the company to expand production;
- New equipment at Barolli Orchards to allow the company to respond to a growing demand for stone and pome fruit in Asia, and increase production; and
- New grading, shedding and packing equipment to enable Toolamba Fresh Produce to diversify into new tomato varieties.
Mr Barr said the Goulburn Valley currently produces 90 per cent of Australia’s processed fruit and these projects would ensure the local companies could expand production and unlock new export markets.
“The Coalition established the $5 million Goulburn Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund out of the Regional Growth Fund to leverage new industry, investment and employment opportunities and support a strategic long-term plan for the region,” Mr Barr said.
“These are exactly the types of projects we want to support in the Goulburn Valley – projects that create jobs, expand businesses and increase production.
“The Coalition’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund has invested in almost 1,800 community-driven projects outside of Melbourne, generating almost $2 billion of total investment.
“Our $1 billion fund is money set aside for regional spending, over and above normal spending on health, education, sport and roads.
“This compares to the Labor Party’s imitation fund announced this week – the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund – which is purely rebadged general revenue, not extra money for the regions.
“Labor is claiming to be investing in the regions while it funnels more money back to the city.
“Labor will cut the country.”