The Commonwealth’s decision to reject a structural adjustment payment for SPC Ardmona is a significant setback for Goulburn Valley communities and Victoria.
The Victorian Coalition Government firmly believes that food production and food processing has a very strong future in the Goulburn Valley and that SPC Ardmona should be a part of this future.
We are very concerned about the potential impact on local growers and SPC Ardmona workers and urge Coca Cola Amatil to continue to work with growers, employees and government to secure the company's future in the Goulburn Valley.
The Goulburn Valley is the food bowl of Australia and food production and manufacturing in the region has a very positive outlook with potential to grow exports and create new jobs.
The Victorian Coalition is actively working with growers, processors and the local community to position the region to capitalise on new export opportunities, emerging industry sectors and product innovation.
We are eager to continue discussions with SPC Ardmona on the next steps to work on a sustainable plan to secure the company’s operations in the region.
The Victorian Coalition will continue to provide practical financial support to the Goulburn Valley.
We have already established the Goulburn Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund with an initial investment of $5 million to implement the recommendations of the Goulburn Valley Taskforce’s long term Industry and Employment Plan and will consider additional funding to achieve identified outcomes to secure the future of Goulburn Valley families and businesses.
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