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SA economy gets major jobs boost through regional package

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John McVeigh Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government

Rowan Ramsey Federal Member for Grey

Tuesday 10 April 2018

SA economy gets major jobs boost through regional package • The Coalition Government has announced the successful projects for Upper Spencer Gulf under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages • The eight projects will create over 500 jobs in the community, including over 300

ongoing roles • $19.4 million allocated by the Coalition Government to the region will leverage $47.5 million in investment.

The Federal Coalition Government’s commitment to stimulate the South Australian economy is continuing with eight successful projects announced under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the Upper Spencer Gulf had been identified as one of 10 regions nationally under the pilot program.

“South Australia is just one of many areas nationally that is seeing significant job creation from this key initiative under the Turnbull Government,” Dr McVeigh said.

“Residents of the Upper Spencer Gulf region, including the Grey electorate, will benefit with more than 500 jobs expected to be created as a result of the Government’s $19.4 million investment.

“We’re delivering projects like the $10.08 million Whyalla Heavy Industry Manufacturing and Services Hub.

“This great project will create 193 jobs, 169 of which are ongoing, to support key industries such as energy, mining and defence.

“We are committed to revitalising South Australia’s economy and I am delighted to see so many quality projects identified in the region.”

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the eight projects announced today had a total project value of $47.5 million for the region.

“This is a great example of how government can partner with business and community groups to drive growth, create jobs and stimulate economic activity,” Mr Ramsey said.

“For example, the Max Cranes Wind and Renewables Sector Heavy Lift Expansion project will see the purchase of a Liebherr Telescopic 1,200 tonne Mobile Crane, allowing the region to better service the renewable energy sector, including the construction and maintenance of wind farms.

“In addition it will also allow Max Crane & Equipment Hire, the successful applicant for this purchase, to potentially expand its role in the mining and industrial sector.

“Creating new job opportunities is crucial to ensuring a strong and vibrant future for local communities in the Upper Spencer Gulf and this important government initiative will have significant long-term benefits for our region and our state,” he said.

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For Dr McVeigh: Clare Siddins 0427 200 674

For Mr Ramsey: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 0417 827 523

Successful Recipient


Australian Government Grant

Total Project Cost

Max Crane & Equipment Hire (SA) Pty Ltd, Whyalla

The project is an investment in an LTM11200 crane and associated auxiliary equipment, which will be one of the largest telescopic mobile cranes in Australia. The project will provide the opportunity to secure, train and up-skill experienced and qualified personnel required to operate the machinery. The purchase of this specialised equipment will ensure the company can expand its capability in the renewables sector, predominantly around wind tower construction and future long term maintenance of the wind farms. It will also ensure greater opportunity for the business in the mining and industrial sector supporting mines including heavy industrial construction and shutdown maintenance projects.

$4,750,000 $12,027,000

Ice Engineering & Construction Pty Ltd, Whyalla

The project will consolidate the operations of three existing Whyalla-based heavy engineering and manufacturing companies to a purpose built heavy industry manufacturing services hub facility in Whyalla. It will bring on board state-of-the-art plant and equipment and provide specialised training to enhance capability and efficiency of these operations. The project has been designed to secure new market opportunities in key industries such as renewable energy, mining, oil & gas and defence, and position the consolidated operations for significant and sustainable revenue growth well into the future.

$5,040,364 $10,080,728

Whyalla Aged Care Inc, Whyalla

The project is to construct a Community Centre and first stage of a Lifestyle Village, which will provide specially designed housing and other services for retirees and people with a profound disability.

$ 3,000,000 $ 9,468,000

Upper Spencer Gulf Common Purpose Group Inc, Port Pirie

The Upper Spencer Gulf Community Tertiary Education Centre (COTEC) will broker and support local delivery of higher education to meet emerging industry and skilled workforce needs of the region. The COTEC will commence with campuses in Port Pirie and Port Augusta, providing study areas, IT and student support services, course demand aggregation and local industry placements. The COTEC aims to grow local skilled workforce capacity; expand higher education offerings; and strengthen community/industry/provider partnerships in the region. Project partners include: the Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla Councils; Flinders University; TAFE SA; Central Queensland University; Academy; and University of Adelaide.

$1,110,000 $3,537,433

Peats Soil & Garden Supplied Pty Ltd, Stirling North

The project is to construct an Advanced Composting Facility, the purpose of which is to accept green, organic and food waste, digest the waste using Anaerobic Digestion, and produce both Biogas for sale in to the grid and a compost product that can be sold to surrounding agricultural markets for soil improvement.

$2,745,369 $5,490,738

Clean Seas Seafood Ltd, Fitzgerald Bay

The project is to expand Clean Seas' yellowtail kingfish grow out operations in the Spencer Gulf to Fitzgerald Bay, and upgrade its support facilities at Point Lowly.

$2,500,000 $6,420,000

Bungala Aboriginal Corporation, Port Augusta

The Mobile Catering Business is a social enterprise that will provide food and beverages for purchase by 350+ workers during construction of the Bungala Solar Farm via a food van service. This initiative will support the local energy sector development. This project will create employment opportunities for members of the Aboriginal community in Port August, particularly women and those on the Work for the Dole scheme, increasing local workforce participation and skills. The Mobile Catering Business Infrastructure Project will support the establishment of the Mobile Catering Business through purchase of necessary business infrastructure, including a 4WD vehicle with mounted mobile chiller and catering van.

$75,000 $150,000

Jesko Pty Ltd, Whyalla The project will construct a new building to house bigger and more modern commercial dry cleaning and ironing

machines, which are energy efficient. This will include upgrades to the water effluent treatment and filtration systems to meet SA Water and EPA requirements, rewiring the building, placing solar panels on the roof, and upgrading the main gas supply to the building.

$166,425 $332,850