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 Broad MP 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

Mossman Mill redevelopment supported

Media Release

MM205/2018

01 November 2018

Joint release with:

The Hon Warren Entsch MP

Federal Member for Leichhardt

A transformational regional infrastructure project is a step closer to becoming a reality, with the Liberal and Nationals' Government commitment of up to $20 million to support the transitioning project for the Mossman Mill.

This commitment will be delivered through the Community Development Grants program, is subject to the completion of a positive business case and a significant contribution from the Queensland Government.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals' Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the project will provide necessary support for a major regional project that will build long-term economic growth and create jobs in the region.

“The Mossman Mill Transition Project will unlock economic opportunities in the Mossman community and the surrounding far north Queensland region, especially for cane growers and all those industries which support the existing Mill operations,” Mr McCormack said.

“I am pleased to announce the Government's support for this project and we look forward to considering the detail of the business case in coming weeks. This project is just a couple of steps away from receiving funding and making this part of far north Queensland even stronger and more resilient.”

“Transitioning the existing Mill into a new Bio Precinct will lead the way for the Australian Sugar industry in this part of Queensland and beyond.”

Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch was elated the project would receive this much needed Australian Government support, which could only be delivered by a Liberal and Nationals Government.

“This project will not only transform the Mill, but also the region, through technology and innovation.”

“Building on the 560 jobs the Mill already supports, this transition project is expected to create an estimated 86 new long term jobs, which is a major boost for the town and region,”

“We congratulate Far Northern Milling Pty Ltd on their foresight and ingenuity. We look forward to working with them in coming months.”