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Shredding machine fully operational at Bega Co-operative.



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Gary Nairn MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro PO Box 232, Queanbeyan NSW 2620 Tollfree NSW 1800 041 539 Ph: (02) 6297 3952 Fax: (02) 6297 5768

Press Release Ref: 448 Published: 30/7/2001 Title: Shredding machine fully operational at Bega Co-operative

One of the first projects funded under the Federal Government’s Dairy Regional Assistance Program has been commissioned and is now operational at Bega Co-operative, the Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, advised today.

Funding of $660,645, was provided under the first round of the Dairy Regional Assistance Program by the Federal Government out of a total project investment of $1.3 Million by the Bega Co-operative

"The funding allowed the Co-op to purchase, install and commission a new shredded cheese processing line," said Mr Nairn.

“The Bega Co-op is to be commended for committing to this project as it has resulted in an immediate increase in employment of 6-10 positions growing to approximately 20 staff once a second shift is introduced.”

"This assistance has given Bega Cheese direct responsibility for the production of shredded cheese products. More cheese means more milk and more jobs for the Bega Valley area.”

"Recent reports from the Bega Co-op have confirmed increasing sales worldwide for their cheddar cheese. The capacity to value-add has been a result of their improved manufacturing capacity and competitive price structure.”

Mr Nairn said that the decision by the New South Wales State Government to de-regulate the dairy industry had greatly impacted upon the farmers of the Bega Valley region.

"The Federal Government is aware that the future of the Bega Valley dairy farmers is dependent on the Co-op and, for this reason, awarded this funding to help the Bega Co-op increase their production and to help local farmers in this time of need," said Gary Nairn.

" The role in this partnership between government and the community has enhanced local employment opportunities which will benefit the dairy industry as well as promote regional growth,” Gary Nairn concluded.