168 jobs and $7.7 million regional funding boost for Richmond

Media Release


02 February 2018

Joint release with:

John Williams

Senator for New South Wales

John Barilaro

Deputy Premier of NSW
Minister for Regional NSW

Thomas George

NSW Member for Lismore

  • Successful projects in Richmond electorate announced under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages
  • $220 million initiative is designed to stimulate job creation and investment in regional Australia
  • Six projects, totalling $7.7 million, will be delivered in the Richmond electorate

The Tweed in Northern New South Wales has started the New Year with a bang, following the announcement of $7.7 million in funding for six local projects under the Coalition Government’s $220 million Regional Jobs and Investment Packages.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the Turnbull-Joyce Government is committed to stimulating job creation and investment in regional Australia by investing in key projects that support the region’s economic future.

“I am happy to be here today in South Murwillumbah to congratulate the local community on the delivery of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail and five other vital local projects - as a local MP for the regional city of Toowoomba, I know how much these projects will help the local community,” Dr McVeigh said.

Deputy Premier of NSW and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the Northern Rivers Rail Trail shows what can be achieved when Federal, State and Local government work and invest together.

“This funding will see the construction of Stage 1 of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail which will be delivered by the Tweed Shire Council,” Mr Barilaro said.

“After a long fight, and a lot of work behind the scenes, I know local MP Thomas George will be delighted to be able to deliver this news to the people of the Northern Rivers,” he said.

NSW Member for Lismore Thomas George said as a long-term advocate of the project, he was pleased to announce this great news with the Coalition Government.

“This project offers real economic benefits, with its potential to create jobs, boost the local tourism industry and provide a valuable asset for the enjoyment of the local community,” Mr George said.

Senator for New South Wales John Williams said the initiative would see the Coalition Government investing in key projects that would allow the region to reach its economic potential and create jobs.

“We’re investing in education, providing $53,150 to the International Student Engagement Portal in Byron Bay that will link international students to education providers nationwide. We are also providing $880,000 to construct a Coastal Shared Pathway between Skennars Head to Lennox Head, creating 19 jobs during construction.” Senator Williams said.

Successful projects under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages:  Richmond
Successful RecipientProjectGrant Approved
Tweed Shire Council Develop the Tweed Valley Rail Trail by redeveloping 24 kilometres of disused rail corridor from Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek creating a shared use Rail Trail. The Trail will connect the regional centre of Murwillumbah with the villages of Stokers Siding, Burringbar, Mooball and Crabbes Creek. $6,518,000
Ballina Shire Council Construction a coastal shared pathway between Ballina and Lennox Head. This stage will follow the Coast Road from Skennars Road to the iconic Pat Morton Look Out at Lennox Head. $880,000
Seven Mile Brewing Company Pty Ltd Purchase additional equipment for the brewery, which will increase production capacity. $165,000
The Byron Bay Pizza Co. Pty Ltd Expand, upgrade and streamline the production facility; expand the fridge and freezer storage rooms; and construct new preparation and production kitchens. $80,000
LLA Group Pty Ltd Development of an automated and interactive web portal that links international students to education providers in Northern NSW and more broadly Australia.  The project activities include portal development, content population and the commissioning of a new dedicated server. $53,150
Tweed Valley Whey Farmhouse Cheeses Pty Ltd Fit-out the new constructed facilities, which include an artisan cheese factory, a retail outlet and a café. $50,000