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South Australian communities affected by dairy deregulation to share in $14.2 million federal funding.

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AFFA02/125WT                                                                                 31 May 2002


South Australian communities affected by dairy deregulation to share in $14.2 million Federal funding

Communities affected by State government deregulation of the Australian dairy industry will receive a $14.2 million boost under the seventh funding round of the Federal Government’s Dairy Regional Assistance Program (Dairy RAP), the Federal Agriculture Minister, Warren Truss, announced today.

Mr Truss said the $14.2 million would fund 55 projects in dairy dependent-communities across Australia to help boost job opportunities and deliver other significant, long-term economic benefits. Six of the projects are in South Australia.

“The Dairy RAP projects will help create real jobs in those communities and help lever $53 million in private sector investment,” Mr Truss said.

The six projects in SA include one to expand a 50-year-old ice cream factory in Laura, in the state’s mid-north and one at Jervois to expand a milk processing company’s activities through the installation of a whey powder drying plant.

“Dairy RAP helps stimulate investment in communities that need extra support, because of lost economic activity caused by dairy industry deregulation,” Mr Truss said.

“The key to its success is that it supports communities working for prosperous and sustainable futures by backing practical projects based on their own ideas and initiative.

“The Government firmly believes that communities are best placed to know the types of projects that suit their particular needs and circumstances.  It also means that the 55 projects funded in this round have significant local community support and will deliver practical economic and social benefits to communities in need.”

Mr Truss also acknowledged the contribution of local area consultative committees (ACCs) in helping many Dairy RAP applicants develop their funding proposals.

“The ACCs can help turn good ideas into successful funding proposals and, hopefully, projects that will provide long-term employment opportunities and economic benefits to dairy communities across the country,” he said.

“Today’s $14.2 million boost reinforces the Federal Coalition Government’s on-going commitment to ensuring dairy communities suffering the short-term affects of industry deregulation receive the support they need to boost local job and business growth.”

Information on each of the six South Australian projects is attached.


Dairy Regional Assistance Program

South Australian project summaries Round 7 2001/2002

Project: Golden North Ice Cream Expansion. Funding: $632,500. Location: Laura.

The project involves a major expansion of an ice cream manufacturing plant in Laura, in the State’s mid-north.  The factory has been producing quality ice cream for the past 50 years. The project will create 21 jobs at the facility and stimulate additional regional employment. It will also encourage the expansion of a number of local dairy farms that provide milk to the factory. Contact: Greer Wilkinson, Barossa Riverland Mid-north ACC (08) 8562 2511 or 0417 867 601

Project: Holla-Fresh Hydroponic Greenhouse Expansion. Funding: $495,000. Location: Tantanoola.

The funding will help supplement a south east Australian herb and vegetable producer build 10 climate-controlled greenhouses. The company, which grows produce hydroponically, is keen to establish itself as a major employer in the Tantanoola community. The project is expected to create 30 or so jobs and provide economic benefit to the Millicent and Penola dairy regions. Contact: Elaine Pollock, South East SA ACC (08) 8724 7628 or 0408 799 459.

Project: MBP Australia Accelerated Development. Funding: $385,000. Location: Murray Bridge.

The funding will allow a new enterprise to be established at Murray Bridge that will cast and process non-ferrous metal components for the water storage and supply industries. The project will involve construction of a new metal foundry and associated support facilities. The project is expected to create 24 jobs and will also help diversify the local economy. Contact: Richard Puplett South Central Regional Network ACC (08) 8131 0155 or 0428 221 154.

Project: Murraylands Specialty Engineering (Miegel Bros). Funding: $165,000 Location: Murray Bridge

The funding will assist a small engineering company to expand its business. The company manufactures a wide range of specialist agribusiness equipment, including grain silos, feed-bins and stock trailers. The expansion will create up to 14 jobs and support economic growth in the Lower Murray Swamps and Lakes region, including the dairy communities of Jervois, Mypolonga and Mannum. Contact: Richard Puplett South Central Regional Network ACC (08) 8131 0155 or 0428 221 154.

Project: SA Dairy Industry Liaison Officer Extension Project. Funding: $62,535 Location: South Australian dairy regions

The funding will assist dairy communities in South Australia, including the Fleurieu Peninsula, Adelaide Hills, Murray River and Port McDonnell dairy regions. The project builds on the funding base already received from Dairy RAP. A project officer will continue assisting dairy-dependent communities to develop worthwhile projects that will maintain and generate sustainable employment, and help deal with social dislocation. Contact: Richard Puplett South Central Regional Network (ACC) (08) 8131 0155 or 0428 221 154

Project: Whey Powder Plant. Funding: $660,000 Location: Jervois

The funding will help to expand a milk processing company’s activities through the installation of a whey powder drying plant. The plant will produce the powder from the waste products of cheese manufacturing. The project will generate new jobs on site and in associated supply industries. It will also provide economic benefits to dairy farmers and others in the Murraylands dairy region. Contact: Richard Puplett, South Central Regional Network (ACC) (08) 8131 0155 or 0428 221 154.

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