Almost 1,000 jobs for Gilmore thanks to major regional funding boost

Media Release


21 February 2018

Joint release with:

Ann Sudmalis

Federal Member for Gilmore

  • Successful projects in the Gilmore electorate announced under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages
  • The $220 million initiative is designed to stimulate job creation and investment in regional Australia
  • Twenty-three projects will be delivered across the Gilmore electorate creating almost 1,000 jobs

Local businesses in the electorate of Gilmore and across the NSW South Coast are set for a major economic boost, with the Coalition Government's Regional Jobs and Investment Package (RJIP) expected to create up to 1000 new jobs across the region.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the initiative was part of the Coalition Government's commitment to drive economic growth and job creation in Australia's regions—backing local businesses, their workers and their families.

“A range of high-quality, potential initiatives were identified through an extensive assessment process paired with community input—resulting in locally driven decisions, delivering 23 job creating projects along the NSW South Coast,” Dr McVeigh said.

“The Coalition delivered 42,000 new jobs in regional New South Wales last year. We understand the benefits that flow from greater employment opportunities and that's why it is very pleasing to see that this announcement will help generate more than 350 jobs during construction and nearly 640 ongoing jobs.

“The Coalition stands for more and better paying jobs—this package will deliver up to 1,000 jobs for the NSW South Coast community from Berry down to Moruya.

“This means 1,000 families across the region confidently spending and investing more in their local community,” Dr McVeigh said.

“We're focussed on delivering a strong economy and thanks to this package, we have been able to partner with the private sector to deliver almost $55 million to the local economy, which means more spending, more opportunities and of course, more jobs.

“I must commend Ann Sudmalis for her tireless advocacy in driving this program forward. There is no greater advocate in Canberra for their local community than the Member for Gilmore.”

Federal Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis said more than 60 applications were received for the pilot program, highlighting the importance of this initiative to local communities in supporting business and strengthening the economy.

“Thanks to almost $3 million through the package, the Cottee Group will be able to expand their current facility, enhancing competitiveness and processing capacity, which will help springboard more world-class produce from the paddocks of the South Coast to the kitchens' dining rooms and lunch boxes across the nation,” Ms Sudmalis said.

“The Cottee Family has been a bedrock of the South Coast for more than five generations, this support allows the business to maintain its competitiveness and celebrate its long and successful history.

“Others include a state-of-the-art shellfish hatchery, an in-country LM-STAR Avionics Automated Test System to maintain the Australian Air Force's F35 Lightning aircraft, and a range of tourism projects—combined will provide hundreds of new jobs and a stronger economy across the region for years to come.

“The South Coast is a major tourism draw card, with immense opportunities. The Coalition is backing the New South Wales South Coast to confidently continue to grow and prosper.

“Jobs and growth is not just a slogan its happening.”

Successful projects under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages: NSW South Coast

Successful RecipientProjectGrant Approved
Shoalhaven Starches Pty Ltd Install and operate advanced robotics and develop logistics and sorting for flour milling to increase flour packing capacity to 50 tonnes per hour. $2,950,000
Cottee Jersey Group Pty Ltd Purchase and installation of a modern, automated dairy processing plant at an existing facility located at Bomaderry, New South Wales as well as creating tourism opportunities including the viewing of milk production, a Japanese Tea house with gardens and a museum dedicated to the history of the Cottee family and milk production. $2,814,360
Eurobodalla Shire Council Construction of a state of the art hatchery facility to supply shellfish spat (babies) to the NSW oyster and mussel industry. The hatchery will incorporate, a shellfish nursery, land base nursery, training facilities, export packing facilities, R&D facilities and a tourist farm gate tours facility. This site will also house an Export Packing Facility for regional food producers. $2,300,000
Caresouth Construction of a new multi-purpose facility containing office space, meeting rooms, training facilities, call centre, family contact rooms and a Community Hub. $1,525,860
Kalizma Pty Ltd Construction of ten new luxury guest suites, a new multi-purpose dining area with kitchen, bar and amenities and new staff facilities, car parking, effluent system and electrical substation in Ulladulla. The project will also include the upgrade of the existing restaurant with a kitchen extension, bar renovation and new toilets. $1,525,350
Milton District Meats Pty Ltd Redevelopment of existing facilities, including the construction of a new chiller and boning room as well as the expansion of the existing boning room. $1,122,000
Essence Group Pty Ltd Expansion of existing manufacturing facilities to include health bar and beverage manufacturing equipment, and upgrade automated powder and capsule capabilities. $1,067,000
Off Road Camping Accessories Pty Ltd Development of cost competitive curved composite panels, and design and manufacture a high quality, light weight entry level compact camper using the new types of composite panels for rapid assembly. The manufacturing process will be fully automated, simplified and scalable and will ensure the new compact composite camper will be cost competitive with international competitors. $758,134
Shoalhaven City Council Design and construction of a new floating pontoon system to increase berth capacity located in Greenwell Point Fisherman's Wharf. $744,339
Friends of Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens The Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens (ERBG) Visitor Centre Redevelopment Project will construct a purpose built facility for 13,500 plant specimens in the heritage listed Wallace Herbarium in ERBG's plant science precinct; a cafe with 100 seat capacity; a multi-purpose community space able to accommodate 100 people for workshops, functions, exhibitions and meetings and large retail space. $660,000
South Coast Mariculture Pty Ltd

Practical feasibility study to establish the viability and growth rates of long line mussel production in Jervis Bay.

The project activities include install 210 meters of double line into the three sites in Jervis Bay; seed the line mussel spats; monitor mussel growth, speed and size; and harvest the mussels.

Additionally, the project will test newly developed spat transportation procedures provided by NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Venus Shell Systems Pty Ltd Expansion of Marine Bio tech production and a refinery facility to meet increasing demand for seaweed product. $600,000
Partech Systems Pty Ltd Development of an Australian in-country support capability for the LM-STAR Avionics Automated Test System (ATS), to maintain the Australian Air Force's F35 Lightning aircraft. The project will develop a specialist LM-STAR ATS maintenance support training capability and the setup of a LM-STAR facility to support the ADF. $235,000
All T&A Consulting Pty Ltd Stage 1 of establishing a tank-based freshwater aquaculture facility at Yatte Yattah, New South Wales, for the production of Murray Cod. The project activities include the purchase and installation of the Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) and the construction of a 500 sqm steel clad shed with concrete floor, power, an effluent plant, and a water infiltration system to house the RAS plant. $205,000
Sea Breeze Aviation Pty Ltd ATF Fairweather Family Trust Construction of the facilities needed to allow Sea Breeze Aviation (SBA) to expand the scale of its business to service larger and more complex aircraft. The project activities include hangar space of 750sqm, a dedicated apron area for aircraft parking, wash down facilities, and spray paint booth.  $200,000
Shoalhaven City Council Construction of a boat maintenance facility at Woollamia within Jervis Bay. The project activities include the acquisition of a 20 tonne hydraulic boat lift, construction of a hardstand area, associated drainage and environmental controls, erection of a shed, connection to utilities, and fencing. $180,900
Climax Air Conditioning Pty Ltd Expansion of the service capabilities of the company through employment of new service team members, vehicle and IT upgrades, and tools and equipment. $158,114
Nowra Chemical Manufacturers Pty Ltd Manufacturing and installation of a two large temperature controlled tanks for the manufacture of creams and lotions; and sealing these packages to pharmaceutical standards required for healthcare. $129,250
Rasobi Pty Ltd

The South Coast Electric Vehicle (EV) Supercharging Transformation project (SCEV/ST) will expand existing universal capability of 10amp and 15amp (overnight) and 32amp (3 hours) EV charging capability to 4 x 200amp EVs (30 minutes), allowing for up to 8 EVs to be charged simultaneously.

The SCEV/ST project will deliver the only supercharging station between Sydney and the Victorian border and link to the proposed ‘Electric Superhighway’ for the East Coast extending from Townsville (Queensland) to Melbourne (Victoria).

Eurobodalla Shire Council Feasibility study to identify development projects and marketing opportunities to maximise opportunities for nature based tourism and recreation activities in the Eurobodalla Shire. $100,000
Stormtech Pty Ltd Construction of an extension and purchase of new stainless steel manufacturing technology. This project is the second phase of Stormtech's building expansion. $100,000
Property Works Pty Ltd Development of an online training platform software and support network for existing and new pest or building inspectors, as well as software that will standardise comprehensive condition and safety audits of buildings in aged care facilities and government assets. $75,000
Eurobodalla Shire Council Recruitment of a coordinator to develop training to increase the skilled workforce and connect this workforce with employment opportunities in the health and human services sector. The project aims to connect youth, unemployed and Aboriginal people with job opportunities available in the sector on the Far South Coast New South Wales. $66,500