Title $130,900 Australian Government boost for SA agribusiness.
Database Press Releases
Date 06-11-2003
Source MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY
Author TRUSS, Warren
Citation Id MYTA6
Cover date Thursday, 6 November 2003
Enrichment New Industries Development Program (NIDP)
Format Online Text
In Government no
Item Online Text: 1000840
Key item No
Major subject Industry assistance
Agricultural industries
South Australia
Minor subject Grants
Scholarships
MP yes
Pages 2p.
Party NATS
Speech No
System Id media/pressrel/MYTA6


$130,900 Australian Government boost for SA agribusiness.

AFFA03/325WT - 6 November 2003

$130,900 Australian Government boost for SA agribusiness

Two South Australian agribusinesses are among 37 Australia-wide to receive grants and scholarships totalling $2.5 million under the Australian Government's New Industries Development Program (NIDP), Agriculture Minister Warren Truss announced today.

Mr Truss said the NIDP, which is administered by the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, is a key element of the Government's Backing Australia's Ability initiative.

"Today's awards are funded under the NIDP's In-Market Experience Scholarship and Pilot Commercialisation Project (PCP) schemes, and will help build the management skills of some of the leading innovators in Australian agribusiness," Mr Truss said.

Mr Truss said the two South Australian agribusinesses to receive NIDP funding today are:

● Brigita Pty Ltd, based in Thebarton, will receive a $97,900 PCP

grant to commercialise a system that treats the wastewater from olive oil production. The project involves constructing and installing a full-scale version of the system in a working olive oil mill. This will allow for a thorough assessment of the environmental benefits of the treated water and the value of the recovered paste. ● Contact: Mark Lobban brigitaconsult@ozemail.com.au or (08) 8354

5131.

● Terry Richardson, General Manager of Port Lincoln-based

Australian Bight Seafoods Pty Ltd, has been awarded a $33,000 In-Market Experience Scholarship to help him enhance the company's processing business by developing Australian-themed, value-added retail prawn packs. If successful, the packs could create an important new opportunity for the prawn industry in regional Australia. ● Contact: Terry Richardson terry@bight.com or (08) 8682 2333.

"85 pilot commercialisation projects and 41 scholarships have been funded under the expanded NIDP - demonstrating a clear commitment by the Coalition Government to help Australian agribusiness capture new market opportunities," Mr Truss said.

Mr Truss congratulated all the recipients, saying the wide range of initiatives being funded under the NIDP highlights the increasing diversification and innovation taking place in Australian agribusiness. For a full list of today's recipients, or additional information on the NIDP, please call the Program's Manager, Naomi Ashurst on (02) 6272 3785.

The next round of PCP funding closes on 23 January 2004. For further information, including guidelines and application forms, visit www.affa.gov.au/agribiz or call 1300 884 588 (for the cost of the local call).

Further media inquiries:

Minister Truss' office: Tim Langmead - 02 6277 7520 or 0418 221 433