- 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.