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More than $598,300 for fruit packing facilities in Gin Gin.

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More than $598,300 for fruit packing facilities in Gin Gin Thursday, 11 May 2006

Federal Member for Hinkler, Paul Neville, today announced Regional Partnerships program funding of more than $598,300 to help expand fruit packing facilities in Gin Gin. Mr Neville said the Australian Government funds would help Abbotsleigh Citrus purchase equipment to be used in

the fruit packing shed. “The expansion of the fruit packing facilities will provide employment opportunities and significant economic growth for this region,” Mr Neville said. “This Regional Partnerships project will enable the company to install equipment to expand the current fruit packing line and purchase a pre-packing machine which will allow second-grade and undersized fruit to be packed in different sized bags for sale in various markets,” he said. “The actual size of the packing facility is expected to increase by 50 per cent.” Mr Neville congratulated the local community for working together to access Regional Partnerships program funding. “I would particularly like to thank the Wide Bay Burnett Area Consultative Committee for helping to bring this project to fruition,” he said. The Regional Partnerships program continues the Australian Government’s approach of working with local communities to support their ideas. A total of $360.9 million is available under the Regional Partnerships program from 2005-06 to 2008-09. Mr Neville said the Regional Partnerships program would deliver benefits to communities well into the future, not only from program funding, but from the higher levels of economic activity and improved social amenity which the program was generating. “Since its inception in July 2003, the Regional Partnerships program has, on average, attracted a further three dollars from other sources for every dollar invested by the Australian Government,” he said. Communities should contact their local Area Consultative Committee* if they wish to seek funding through the Regional Partnerships program. *For further information go to or