Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Government Provides Boost to Tasmanian Aquaculture

Media Release

JB006/2014

03 February 2014

The Australian Government will boost the Tasmanian aquaculture industry through the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Plan.

Today I am pleased to announce that $3.5 million in funding has been secured for the Huon Aquaculture Value Added Processing Facility project.

The project will provide the equipment to process fresh fish, as well as smokehouses and other machinery for boning, skinning, portioning and mincing.

It will also extend the existing factory building, car park and effluent treatment facilities.

Aquaculture is Australia's fastest growing primary industry, accounting for 34 per cent of the total gross value of seafood production.

The facility will support Tasmania's contribution to this vital industry by producing 100 per cent grown and processed salmon.

It will also benefit the local community, with 100 jobs created during the construction stage and 60 new full-time positions in the first year of operation.

The Tasmanian Government is funding the project by $1.5 million and the Huon Aquaculture Company is providing more than $7 million to build this vital contributor to the Tasmanian economy.

This investment will pave the way for a long lasting sustainable aquaculture industry in Tasmania, allowing it to grow and meet market demands, creating more jobs and bringing tourists to the area.

This project is another example of the Australian Government's commitment to lifting the productive capacity of Tasmania.

The Australian Government's $100 million Economic Growth Plan for Tasmania will provide targeted funding towards infrastructure, communications, jobs and technology as part of a comprehensive state-wide package to assist in growing Tasmania's economy.