Jobs to flow from $400,000 Dairy Tas grant

Media Release


30 April 2014

Joint release with:

Brett Whiteley

Federal Member for Braddon

The Australian Government is delivering on its election commitments in Braddon, with today's announcement that $400,000 has been approved for the Into Dairy Sustainable Dairy Development project.

Federal Member for Braddon Brett Whiteley today joined with Dairy Tas Executive Officer Mark Smith to to announce the Australian Governments funding, following the approval by the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Jamie Briggs MP.

Mr Whiteley said, “the $1.7 million project will pave the way for a massive injection of investment and jobs in the industry, leading to 550 new full-time jobs and 67,500 more cows—producing an extra 350 million litres of milk each year from 2018.”

“This program is about attracting new investment, training new farmers and workers, and boosting herd numbers across the state.

“The funding is crucial for the industry to meet the massive projected growth in demand for milk products over the next decade,” Mr Whiteley said.

Mr Whiteley said he expects most of the new jobs and investment would go to the North-West, with the area producing and processing the bulk of the milk in Tasmania.

Mr Briggs said the funding approval for the project confirms the Australian Government's strong commitment to the future economic prosperity of Tasmania.

“Our Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Plan is a $106 million package of measures aimed at building a stronger Tasmanian economy by supporting jobs and growth.”

Dairy Tas Executive Officer Mark Smith welcomed confirmation of the funding saying the Into Dairy project was vital for the dairy industry—Tasmania's largest agricultural sector.

“The biggest challenge facing the industry is its ability to meet the rapid growth in market demand expected over the next few years,” said Mr Smith.

“This funding will help existing and new dairy producers on the North-West and around the state lift production to record levels.

“It's not only a matter of investment. We need to attract the right people to the industry and train them to ensure our farmers continue to be world leaders in milk production and meeting environmental standards,” Mr Smith said.

The Australian Government's $106 million Jobs and Growth Plan provides funding to Tasmania over the next three years.

Unlike the previous Labor Government, the Coalition delivers on its election commitments.