Goulburn Valley receives major regional jobs and funding boost

  • Almost 100 jobs to be created during construction and more than 100 ongoing jobs
  • Ten projects totalling more than $18 million announced in Shepparton region as part of the package
  • Package forms part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to creating jobs and diversifying the national economy in regional Australia

Businesses, jobseekers and workers in the Goulburn Valley are the big winners, thanks to a major jobs and funding boost delivered by the Coalition Government’s Regional Jobs and Investment Package.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack joined Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum and Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie in Shepparton today to announce the Coalition Government’s contribution of more than $6.6 million towards the ten successful projects.

“The Coalition Government is committed to creating more jobs for the people living in regional Australia and today’s announcement will do just that, generating almost 100 jobs during construction and more than 100 ongoing jobs for the Shepparton region,” Mr McCormack said.

“This package is helping regions like the Goulburn Valley unlock its potential by investing in key projects that support their economic future.”

Federal Member Murray Damian Drum said he was thrilled the Goulburn Valley region secured one of ten Regional Jobs and Investment Packages.

“Projects like the $2.5 million construction of the Shepparton Truck and Transport Museum and Events Hub will bring to life the Goulburn Valley's rich history and heritage centered on trucking, transport and agriculture. The project builds on the success of the Shepparton Motor Museum and Collectibles and will create 14 jobs during construction and 4 ongoing positions,” Mr Drum said.

“More than $1 million will go towards the construction of a new Apple and Pear Packing Facility, allowing for the production of 60,000 tons of packed fruit per year for domestic and export markets, and the creation of 20 jobs during construction and 30 ongoing jobs.”

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said Mr Drum had been a great advocate and the voice for local businesses in the Murray electorate.

“The Coalition Government is focused on delivering a strong economy and thanks to today’s announcement, we have been able to partner with the private sector to deliver more than $18 million to the local economy,” Dr McVeigh said.

“This $220 million pilot program being rolled out in ten regions across the nation is designed to diversify regional economies, particularly those which have undergone large structural changes, to help drive economic growth and jobs.”

Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said the ten projects being delivered in the Shepparton region would give residents a range of employment opportunities.

“Thanks to a near-$600,000 investment, Rubicon Systems Australia, world leaders in the market for production of smart water technology, will be able to increase production capacity, grow their manufacturing business in Shepparton, employ an additional 16 staff and expand into lucrative export markets,” Senator McKenzie said.

“It is great to see projects like the $1.3 million Pillowplate Heat Exchanger Laser Welding Machine being delivered by J. Furphy & Sons, a family owned and operated company established in 1864, and the creation of a Stanhope Rice Milling Facility to reinvigorate the rice industry in Victoria and provide a replacement product to imported rice.

“Only the Coalition Government is focused on delivering local jobs and boosting local economies.”

Further projects under the Goulburn Valley Regional Jobs and Investment Package will be announced over the coming week. For further information on the Regional Jobs and Investment Package go to www.business.gov.au/assistance/regional-jobs-and-investment-packages

Successful projects under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages: Murray

Successful Recipient Project Australian Government Grant Total Project
Shepparton Motor Museum and Collectibles Ltd—Kialla The Shepparton Truck and Transport Museum and Events Hub will showcase the Goulburn Valley's rich history and heritage centred on trucking, transport and agriculture. Visitors will be engaged through interactive multimedia and fixed displays, along with curated exhibitions depicting the settlement, growth and establishment of the Goulburn Valley as a major national transport hub and one of the Nation's leading food bowls. This project builds on the success of the Shepparton Motor Museum and Collectibles which has been founded and built by the community in partnership with the private sector. The dedicated Museum and outdoor covered events space will bolster the region's cultural tourism offering along with events capability. $2,500,000 $5,000,000
F.J. Lenne Pty Ltd—Ardmona This project consists of the construction of new warehouse and office buildings along with the installation of new apple and pear grader and packing equipment. The intended outcome of the new facility is to increase production capacity by 100% of the current production levels. This will allow the business to produce an estimated 60,000 tons of packed fruit per year to meet existing and new demands by both domestic and export markets. It will also support the local community by creating more local jobs and providing more opportunities to local growers, which will now have greater ability to access these markets. $1,050,000 $7,000,000
J. Furphy & Sons Pty Ltd—Shepparton The project involves purchase and installation of a new laser welding machine that will enable production of pillowplate heat exchange panels for existing and new applications. New applications for the manufacture of panels include supply of value added panels to a Victorian company, Raygen, which will revolutionize solar thermal technology. $675,000 $1,350,000
Linking Culture, Environment and People - RiverConnect Shared Paths—Shepparton The project will extend two of the existing shared path networks between Shepparton and Mooroopna. Route 3 is the Flats, a highly significant area which was settled by the traditional owners following the famous Cummeragunja walk off in 1939. The Flats shared path will continue the interpretive signage, explaining and celebrating the extensive contribution Yorta Yorta have made to the local and national identify. Route 5 will see a vital link to the existing shared path network along the Goulburn River to the Australian Botanic Gardens (ABGS) on the southern side of the Broken River. This will connect the Gardens to the Victoria Park Lake precinct and provide a valuble addition to tourism and recreational opportunities for visitors and locals alike. $610,740 $1,221,480
Rubicon Systems Australia Pty. Ltd—Shepparton Rubicon are world leaders in the market for production of smart water technology for the agricultural sector. This project plans to increase Rubicon's production capacity through the purchase of an additional piece of machinery for aluminium extrusion machining that will be more efficient, faster and have additional functionality. The project scope includes purchase of the machine, building fitout, equipment installation and training of staff. $575,076 $1,150,152
Turnbull Brothers Orchards Pty Ltd—Tatura East This innovative, ultra-high-density cherry orchard with new cherry varieties adds more value to precious resources, water, land and labour while boosting employment. The investment will see 3.02ha prepared with state-of-the-art irrigation. Custom-made trellis will help quadruple yield and support rain covers to stop rain damage which can wipe out entire crops. Over 12,000 trees will be planted, trained and pruned into trellised hedges. Licensed to Turnbull Brothers Orchards in Australia, six varieties with superior attributes will be harvested over six weeks. $326,490 $652,981
Aqua-Tec Fluid Systems Pty Ltd—Shepparton The project will construct a facility on existing land to manufacture switchboards, allowing the company to pursue national markets it currently cannot access due to the costs of outsourcing switchboard builds. $290,500 $581,000
Greater Shepparton City Council—Dookie Dookie Rail Trail Stage 2 will provide a unique visitor experience in the Goulburn Valley. The Rail Trail will offer a short, scenic route for walkers and cyclists through a classic Australian cropping landscape. It will be a major tourism drawcard for the region and will have strong economic benefits. $275,000 $550,000
Radnor Corp Pty Ltd—Stanhope The project will upgrade a derelict mill into a modern and productive rice milling facility which employs locals, reinvigorates the rice industry in Victoria and provides a replacement product to imported rice. Radnor Corp, trading as Forbidden Foods, currently imports, manufactures and distributes boutique rice products throughout Australia and New Zealand, and re-exports value added rice products to the UK, US, Ireland and Singapore.  The ultimate aim is to become fully vertical, supporting existing farmers and re-establishing the Victorian rice industry to produce a Victorian grown rice which is milled, packaged and distributed to high-end outlets across the country and the export market. $209,400 $630,400
C A Group Services Pty Ltd—Shepparton This project develops the application of specialist Heating, Ventilation, Air-conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) diagnostic technology and training to reduce energy costs and consumption, as well as maintenance costs in industry in the Goulburn Valley Region. The initiative is imperative for improving the capacity of the region's export oriented industry to grow and compete on the world market and create jobs. $128,750 $257,500