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Page businesses benefit with $10.7 million regional funding boost

Media Release

JM015/2018

02 February 2018

Joint release with:

Kevin Hogan

Federal Member for Page

  • Successful projects in the Page electorate announced under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages
  • The $220 million initiative is designed to stimulate job creation and investment in regional Australia
  • Seven projects, totalling $10.7 million, will be delivered in the Page electorate

Local businesses in the electorate of Page and across the Northern Rivers are celebrating, thanks to a major funding boost, with the Coalition Government announcing $10.7 million in funding to help deliver more local jobs under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said following an extensive assessment process involving strong community input, seven projects totalling $10.7 million would be delivered in Page.

“This initiative is part of the Turnbull-Joyce Government's commitment to stimulate jobs and drive economic growth in Australia's regions. The projects announced by thanks to Page MP Kevin Hogan, will provide locals with a range of employment and investment opportunities,” Dr McVeigh said.

“The Coalition Government is committed to strengthening regional Australia and as part of that commitment, we are helping regions like the Northern Rivers, drive economic growth and create local jobs.

“These projects are expected to create 225 jobs during construction, and more than another 190 ongoing jobs once construction is complete—meaning 225 local families with new job prospects, local tradies able to hire new apprentices and more locals spending more money in your community.”

Local jobs advocate, Kevin Hogan MP said he was very proud the region secured a Regional Jobs and Investment Package, with the seven organisations set to benefit today.

“Securing more and better paying local jobs is at the core of everything I fight for as your local voice in Canberra. That is why I am pleased to see the Coalition Government investing in key projects that will assist the Northern Rivers to reach its economic potential,” Mr Hogan said.

“We are also providing $4.7 million towards the Whiddon Group Kyogle Aged Care Facility Extension which will create an additional 23 places for elderly residents in the community, while The Raw Food Hub project will create over 75 jobs post-construction. It is projects like these that will support the community for years to come.”

“The Coalition Government is doing this by providing $1.68 million towards the Culmaran Creek Export Infrastructure Upgrade, which will unlock barriers to growth of existing agri-businesses, including reducing access issues to international markets.

“We are investing in medicinal cannabis by delivering Stage 1 of a cultivation, production and manufacturing facility, which will support those most in need, including through the direct employment of 35 people which is great news for Casino and the region,” said Mr Hogan.

“The Coalition has a long record of delivering for our community, and I look forward to working hard to ensure this record of delivery continues for years to come.

Mr Hogan also announced $6.5 million for the regionally significant Northern Rivers Rail Trail, which will redevelop 24 kilometres of disused rail corridor from Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek—creating 70 jobs during construction and delivering a major tourism draw card for the region.

Successful projects under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages: Page
Successful RecipientProjectGrant Approved
The Frank Whiddon Masonic Homes of New South Wales The project will construct a new 23 bed wing at the Kyogle Aged Care Facility. $4,707,730
Solaris Nutraceuticals Pty Ltd Delivering Stage 1 of a cannabis cultivation, production and manufacturing facility. The project activities include construction of a 100 sqm greenhouse and a 20,000 square foot extraction and processing facility. $2,500,000
Kyogle Council The project will upgrade transport infrastructure in the Culmaran Creek Valley. $1,682,477
Adaptapack Pty Ltd The project will construct a purpose-built packaging machinery manufacturing facility including equipment installation and factory fit out. $1,530,000
Intellectual Vision Pty Ltd The project will construct a new 600 sqm hothouse to increase production at the Synchronicity Farm. $200,000
Oneva Holdings Pty Ltd The project will construct a purpose built extension to an existing rural facility with automated plant and equipment to produce a Macadamia nut based cheese product. $147,101
Northern Rivers Food Incorporated The project will provide training, professional development and a digital platform for Northern Rivers food producers based around opportunities for food tourism. $15,000