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New jobs and investment in the Illawarra

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THE HON GREG COMBET AM MP THE HON ANDREW STONER MP Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency NSW Deputy Premier

NSW Minister for Trade and Investment

Minister for Industry and Innovation

NSW Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services

THE HON SHARON BIRD MP Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills Federal Member for Cunningham

THE HON GREG PEARCE MLC NSW Minister for Finance and Services NSW Minister for the Illawarra


Federal Member for Throsby State Member for Kiama


State Member for Heathcote


GC 53/12 2 April 2012


More than 470 new jobs will be created and $46.5 million of investment generated by projects supported under the first round of the Illawarra Region Innovation and Investment Fund (IRIIF).

The Federal Minister for Industry and Innovation, Greg Combet, and the NSW Deputy Premier, Andrew Stoner, today announced 13 successful grant recipients, worth a total of $16.2 million.

“These co-investment grants will help to establish and expand local capabilities, transforming the local economy. Importantly, they will create sustainable employment and business opportunities in the region,” Mr Combet said.

“The Illawarra Fund is helping to diversify and strengthen industries throughout the region including in manufacturing, precision engineering, information services and tourism,” Mr Stoner said.

The NSW Minister for the Illawarra, Greg Pearce, acknowledged the strong response from applicants to the Illawarra Fund in its first round.

“This is a region that is tremendously important to the New South Wales economy. Applicants were willing to invest at least dollar for dollar in new projects, which demonstrates the Illawarra community is enthusiastic about creating future opportunities,” Mr Pearce said.

BlueScope Steel General Manager of Steelmaking, John Nowlan said, “As a co-contributor to the Fund, BlueScope Steel is pleased with the range and scope of projects that will be funded in the initial round. The variety of ideas presented for assessment illustrates a region capable of innovative thinking and entrepreneurial capability. The projects determined for round one funding are supported by at least equal funding and are earmarked to generate several hundred all-important jobs”.

The Federal Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird, welcomed the prospect of so many diverse job opportunities being provided in the first round of the Illawarra Fund.

“This is about supporting local jobs for local people and continuing to diversify the region’s economy. Around 190 positions will be created through the establishment of a dedicated Centre of Print Manufacturing and Training at Unanderra, while several highly-skilled positions will support the manufacture of an innovative mining industry communication system in Bulli,” Ms Bird said.

Stephen Jones, the Federal Member for Throsby, welcomed the successful partnership between government and business demonstrated in these co-investment grants.

“While the future of manufacturing in this region is largely in the hands of the private sector, in tough times like at present there is an important role for government to work hand-in-hand with business to help secure the region’s future through the creation of more highly-skilled and sustainable job opportunities.

“I welcome funding for locally based processor Hydromet Operations (Southern) Ltd, which will expand its operations recovering lead from e-waste and from batteries, bringing a further 20 jobs online, while Soilco Pty Ltd will significantly upgrade its Organic Materials Processing and Recycling Facility to create another 10 jobs,” Mr Jones said.

Gareth Ward, the State Member for Kiama, welcomed the announcement of the first round of funding.

“It’s great to see the Commonwealth and NSW Government working together to support local industry in the Illawarra through the Illawarra Region Innovation and Investment Fund,” Mr Ward said.

State Member for Heathcote, Lee Evans, said the first round of funding would help support Illawarra businesses by stimulating investment and helping to diversify local industries.

The Illawarra Fund was established by the Commonwealth Government together with the New South Wales Government and BlueScope Steel to strengthen the region by stimulating investment and diversifying the Illawarra’s economic and employment base.

Round 2 of the Illawarra Fund is now open and companies in the region are encouraged to apply.

Information sessions have been scheduled for interested applicants in the Illawarra region for Round 2 of the program. Further information is available online at or on 13 28 46.

A full list of Round 1 recipients and details of the grant projects are attached.

Media contact: Mark Davis (Mr Combet) 02 6277 7920 Ben Shine (Mr Stoner) 02 9228 5209

Ed Martin (Mr Pearce) 02 9228 5287

Alison Byrnes (Ms Bird) 02 4228 5899

Stephen Jones MP 0458 650899 or 02 4262 6122

Gareth Ward MP 02 4232 1082

Lee Evans MP 02 9548 0144

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Illawarra Region Innovation and Investment Fund (IRIIF) Round 1 - List of applicants to be offered funding

Applicant Org/s Project Description Grant Amt (Inc GST)

Expected Total Investment (Inc GST)

Proposed new jobs

Project Location

Applicant Contact

Datacom Connect Pty Ltd

Establishment of a regional contact centre for Datacom for the provision of call centre services $1,686,281 $3,552,962 97

Illawarra based location yet to be confirmed

Ms Melanie Withers, Corporate Communications Manager 02 9023 5000

DMS Mining Services Pty Ltd

Establishment of facility for DMS COALTRAM® utility vehicle supply and service for the coal mining industry

$727,898 $1,455,795 20

Illawarra based location yet to be confirmed

Mr Tim Beales, Commercial Manager 07 3719 6888 / 0427 263 168

Dunetone Pty Limited / Spiers Engineering Developments Pty Ltd

Upgrade to facility for the manufacture of precision machinery components primarily for the mining industry

$422,840 $845,680 6 Fernhill, NSW

Mr Robert Spiers, Managing Director 02 4285 2966 / 0418 699 066

Fibre Optics Design and Construct Pty Ltd

Establish facilities for manufacture of innovative mining industry communication system $440,000 $880,000 8 Bulli, NSW

Dr Neryl East, CEO 02 4285 4412 / 0416 913 243

Hydromet Operations (Southern) Limited

Expansion of facility for lead recovery from cathode ray tube (CRT) glass generated from e-waste and used lead acid batteries (ULABs)

$1,320,000 $4,631,000 20 Unanderra, NSW

Mr Barry Wyborn, Manager - Projects Development 0412 228 290

Internet Solutions Australia Pty Ltd

Internetrix website manufacturing engine: a new digital platform for buying and configuring websites online

$217,203 $434,405 6

Wollongong, NSW

Mr Daniel Rowan, General Manager 02 4228 6464 / 0414 847 604

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Applicant Org/s Project Description Grant Amt (Inc GST)

Expected Total Investment (Inc GST)

Proposed new jobs

Project Location

Applicant Contact

Itree Pty Limited

Expansion of RegulationWorks® software which provides safety, security and intelligence management functionality for regulatory, compliance and enforcement agencies

$839,931 $1,679,863 21.7

North Wollongong, NSW

Mr Frank Marzano, Business Solutions Director 02 4253 5401 / 0418 423 434

Propix Pty Ltd t/a Jamberoo Action Park Expansion of Jamberoo Recreation Park

$2,227,500 $15,632,713 54 Jamberoo, NSW

Mr Dax Eddy, General Manager 0417 203 135

Skydive the Beach Pty Limited / Bill & Ben Investments Pty Ltd

Skydive the Beach Business Expansion

$896,500 $1,810,421 20

North Wollongong, NSW

Mr Anthony Boucaut, Director 0415 787 223

Soilco Pty Ltd and The Trustee for Soilco Trust

Upgrade to Organic Materials Processing and Recycling Facility $685,960 $1,536,920 10

Kembla Grange, NSW

Mr Charlie Emery, General Manager 02 4272 9944 / 0411 221 711

Sound Therapy International Pty Ltd

Expansion of Sound Therapy International's ear and brain health-improvement listening programs into new medical and educational markets

$281,820 $563,640 6

Gerringong, NSW

Ms Helen Walden, Managing Director 02 4234 4556

Superfine in Focus Pty Limited

Focus Illawarra - Creating a Centre of Print Manufacturing & Training Excellence $6,050,000 $12,650,000 190 Unanderra, NSW

Mr David Fuller, CEO 02 8745 4000 / 0408 626 339

WJ & GM Baker & WJB Nominees Pty Ltd trading as WJB Engineering and Active Magnetics Research Pty Ltd

Expansion of facility for the manufacture of advanced magnetic products for use by the food processing industry

$415,015 $830,029 14 Unanderra, NSW

Mr William Baker, Partner 02 4283 5577 / 0458 725 492

TOTAL $16,210,948 $46,503,428 472.7