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Monday, 2 May 2016
Page: 4127


Mrs McNAMARA (Dobell) (16:02): It is exciting to share with the House that growth and development on the Central Coast are well and truly on the rise. I would like to warmly welcome Tip Top Bakeries to the electorate of Dobell. Tip Top Bakeries have announced their purchase of an existing manufacturing site based in Charmhaven in my electorate. This site is expected to bring up to 100 new jobs to the community, which are certainly welcome. Tip Top Bakeries are quoted as being delighted to be adding to their bakery network, and I wish them all the best in fulfilling their ambition to become the leading bakery in Australia and New Zealand.

Ms Hall: That is in my electorate!

Mrs McNAMARA: It is in Dobell. The member for Shortland needs to check that. It demonstrates once again that Wyong shire and the Central Coast are in a strategically perfect position for companies to produce and distribute products nationally and take advantage of export markets where there are now more opportunities thanks to the new free trade agreements. I commend Wyong Shire Council on their efforts in focusing on pursuing new jobs for the Wyong shire, particularly the economic development team who worked tirelessly with Tip Top's parent company, George Weston Foods, to manage planning matters for the site in facilitating the deal. This is just another example of growth and expansion on the Central Coast, making the region an even better place to live and work and, more importantly, for the coalition government to represent. Over the last 12 months, we have seen 19 per cent economic growth on the coast, which is wonderful news, with 2,000 new businesses starting up. (Time expired)