Three new agriculture and manufacturing projects in the Goulburn Valley food bowl are being undertaken with the help of the Victorian government’s Regional Jobs Fund, that will create almost 150 new jobs.
“We are proud to support these outstanding Goulburn Valley companies which are leading the way through innovation – creating more jobs and growing the local economy,” Victorian minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas said.
Flavorite, one of Australia’s largest glasshouse producers of fresh fruit and vegetables, is a family-owned business with a hydroponic farm in Tatura. Flavorite will invest in a new multi-million-dollar glasshouse and hire 60 new workers, expanding the amount of produce they are able to grow.
The project will allow Flavorite to become more sustainable by using European technology that can minimise CO2 emissions, to reduce waste. Flavorite will also increase efficiencies at Tatura with the ability to process and package products on-site.
Fruit grower, Kalpack, has also received support through the Regional Jobs Fund. It investing in an organic fruit packing and processing facility that will be the first of its kind in Victoria, as it sorts fruit by size, ripeness and defects to help reduce waste.
The state government’s funding support will give Kalpack the confidence needed to establish a $6 million facility in Shepparton, which will expand its workforce with 50 new full-time workers.
Padman Stops, a manufacturer of farm irrigation systems, will expand into civil construction with their funding received from the Regional Jobs Fund. This will help to future-proof the company and create 40 new jobs.
“The Goulburn Valley is one of Victoria’s best fruit and vegetable producers – that’s why we are backing projects that give local companies the confidence to grow and create more jobs for the region,” member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said.
A new round of the Regional Jobs Fund opened earlier this year and will be available throughout 2021 to companies seeking to grow their operations.
The Regional Jobs Fund is part of the Victorian government’s flagship Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund which helps businesses create jobs in regional Victoria, supports community projects and backs councils to build the infrastructure that locals and visitors need.
For more information on the Fund, go to rdv.vic.gov.au/rjif.