- Victorian Coalition Government invests $1.37 million to deliver 70 new jobs
- $5.5 million project will boost exports from Ryan Meat Company
- Benefits of GVIIF begin flowing through to the Goulburn Valley
Seventy new jobs will be created in Nathalia and local lamb exports will be boosted as the benefits of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $5 million Goulburn Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund begin to flow through to the region.
Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan today joined The Nationals candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr in Nathalia to announce that the Coalition Government would invest $1.37 million to support a $5.5 million expansion of Ryan Meat Company (RMC).
Mr Ryan said this project was the first to be funded through the Coalition Government’s $5 million Goulburn Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund, developed to support the region’s economy through a period of transition, diversification and growth.
Mr Ryan said the investment would enable RMC to double production, from 7,500 head of lamb and mutton per week to 15,000, and more than double its workforce, from 66 full time employees to 136. It would also create a further 77 full-time jobs in the supply chain.
Mr Ryan said the expansion project would deliver a full export-oriented meat processing plant to cut, bone and pack chilled and frozen product, and included:
- An expansion to the processing floor and installation of a new processing line and equipment;
- Construction of new carcass chillers;
- Construction of a new boning/cutting room;
- Upgrades to the computerised processing system;
- Expansion of the stockyards;
- An increase of the company’s water and gas capacity; and
- Construction of new staff amenities.
“This investment will see RMC double production, double its workforce and double its exports from the region, which is a win for Nathalia, a win for local suppliers and a win for the Goulburn Valley,” Mr Ryan said.
“This project is a terrific example of why we as The Nationals, working as part of a Coalition Government, fought so hard to secure an initial $5 million for the Goulburn Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund.
“There are many great companies and businesses operating right across the Goulburn Valley, and through this fund we are co-investing to secure their future, create new local jobs and deliver a strong, resilient and diverse local economy.”
Mr Barr welcomed the Coalition Government’s $1.37 million investment, describing it as vital to ensuring RMC continued to meet international demand for locally produced and processed lamb and mutton.
“In March 2013, RMC commenced exporting lamb to the Middle East. This was so successful that production doubled and 20 new jobs were created, however, this growth has meant the current factory is now at maximum capacity,” Mr Barr said.
“By helping RMC to expand, it is no longer limited by size and can resume growing local exports of quality Australian produced lamb and mutton.
“By growing our exports we are creating new local jobs, new local investment and a stronger region.”
Mr Barr said today’s announcement continues the Coalition Government’s strong support for RMC, which included $200,000 to enable the company to build a new offal processing facility following the devastating 2012 floods.
“The Coalition Government rolled up its sleeves to help RMC during the difficult times and that investment is now paying off in spades, with its future not only secure, but flourishing,” Mr Barr said.”
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