Funding package to deliver jobs boost for Wide Bay

Media Release


08 March 2018

Joint release with:

Llew O'Brien

Federal Member for Wide Bay

  • Successful projects announced for Wide Bay electorate under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages
  • $220 million initiative to stimulate job creation and investment in regional Australia
  • Six projects, totalling $14.6 million, will be delivered across Wide Bay electorate

The Wide Bay business community has received welcome news with the Australian Government announcing funding for successful projects under the Regional Jobs and Investment Package.

Federal Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh joined Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien in Maryborough today to announce the six projects.

“Llew O'Brien is a relentless advocate for local jobs and that is why it is great to be able to announce this major jobs boost for his local community,” Dr McVeigh said.

“The Coalition is committed to strengthening regional Australia by delivering more and better paying jobs. Here in Wide Bay, we are generating more than 66 jobs during construction and over 250 ongoing jobs.

“The Regional Jobs and Investment Package is about the Government working hand in hand with local businesses to deliver the real job opportunities vibrant and resilient regional communities like Maryborough, Gympie and Murgon deserve.

“This $220 million pilot program, being rolled out in 10 regional locations across the nation, has been designed to diversify regional economies, particularly those that have undergone large structural changes, to help drive economic growth and job creation in these communities.”

Mr O'Brien said five organisations are set to benefit today including a major upgrade of Nolan Meats' domestic and export meat production line facility in Gympie—a project that highlights both the innovation and future business prowess of the region.

“In addition to the 45 jobs that are expected to be created during the construction phase of the project, the flow-on effect of this substantial expansion of the company's current facilities will see an estimated 200 ongoing jobs also created. This will be a real jobs bonanza for Wide-Bay,” Mr O'Brien said.

“The Coalition Government has committed $4.98 million to this $9.96 million project, which is designed to increase Nolan Meats' production capacity from 550 to 1,100 cattle per day, increasing the percentages of carcasses that can be converted into saleable beef.

“As a result, Nolan Meats will be able to increase production to meet growing demand from its national and international markets, without compromising its ability to guarantee customer specifications are met.”

A list of projects to be funded under the program are detailed below.

Successful projects under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages: Wide Bay

Successful RecipientProjectAustralian Government GrantTotal Project Cost
Nolan Meats Pty Ltd—Gympie The Meat Processing Expansion project involves constructing facilities to enable the doubling of the current production capacity from 550 to 1100 cattle per day; including the construction of carcass chillers to store an extra 550 carcasses, and integration into the existing site facilities. New technologies will be introduced to guarantee customer specifications are met, and to increase the percentage of saleable beef from the carcass. This project will allow the full utilisation of the recently completed Distribution Centre at the same premises. $4,979,706 $9,959,412
Dale and Meyers Operations Pty Ltd—Maryborough The project will establish a production line for the manufacture of laminated timber products, specifically laminated hardwood construction beams, laminated hardwood posts, laminated hardwood stair treads and laminated hardwood engineered flooring. The project will utilise shorter cuts of timber which is currently generated as a by-product of DTM Timber's existing timber processing facility, and treated as waste/scrap. Some of the benefits to the region from this additional investment and project are increased employment opportunities, increased supplier and local business opportunities, utilising of a previous waste product (environmental footprint reduction), reduce dependency on imported product and technology diffusion. $1,750,000 $3,500,000
Teys Australia Murgon Pty Ltd—Murgon The Teys family has been involved in the Australian beef industry since 1946, when four Teys Brothers formed a partnership that was involved in wholesaling and retailing meat in South-East Queensland. Since then, the family has grown its business to become the second largest meat processor, and exporter in Australia operating across a diverse range of agribusinesses. The project will see expansion of Teys beef cattle hide processing facility in Murgon, Queensland to enable increased production throughput, resilience in the marketplace, and employment opportunities. The site produces high quality Queensland cattle hides, for domestic and international customers. $267,406 $567,406
Suncoast Gold Macadamias (Aust) Ltd—Glanmire Suncoast Gold Macadamias through capabilities provided by Omron Australia plan to launch a brand new sorting technology to the nut industry. A Robot and Vision System (RVS) that can detect defects on the nut Kernel will be an industry first Introduction of this technology will increase factory throughput helping to increase the capabilities of SGM to competitively process the growing Macadamia crop at its Gympie factory. Increasing competition from Chinese buyers has seen much product in recent years being shipped from Australia in shell. SGM are committed to continue to service the growing kernel market by competing with the Chinese markets with the best processing technology and food safety standards available. $170,000 $340,000
Suncoast Gold Macadamias (Aust) Ltd—Gympie Subsequent to significant improvements and upgrades over the past 3 years throughout SGMs Plant & Facilities, this ERP Project will align all distinct areas of the business process. From receiving the raw Macadamias from the Growers to the preparation of key financial information. This ERP Project will implement significant connectivity between the factory floor and back office. Data will be captured directly from the factory floor and storage facilities and used by the back office systems and managers to provide the basis of a wide range of decision making information including accurate real-time inventory measurement. This ERP Project will enhance compliance functionality, such as Quality Management, Food Safety and Risk Management. $100,000 $200,000
Gympie Regional Council—Rainbow Beach To provide skills and training for tourism businesses to take the next step and be involved in active promotion of the region and their business to increase domestic and international visitation. Learn more about their business and where it fits in the wider tourism industry, who inbound operators are, the wholesale tourism organisations, what are the trade shows to attend, how do I set commissionable rates and how to effectively market their business. $10,000 $20,000