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Coalition Government investment pays dividends for Sale’s Greenwattle Racecourse

* * - Friday, October 24, 2014


  • Punters won’t miss a moment of the action with a new wide screen TV for Sale Turf Club 
  • New horse stalls, fencing and gates improve safety at Greenwattle Racecourse ahead of the Sale Cup 
  • Victorian Coalition Government continues to support country racing

As the marquees go up at Sale’s Greenwattle Racecourse ahead of this Sunday’s Sale Cup, Deputy Premier and Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan has announced a new big screen TV for the Sale Turf Club.

At Greenwattle Racecourse, Mr Ryan also inspected new tie-up stalls and perimeter fencing which has greatly improved safety at the track following an investment of $58,733 from the Liberal National Coalition Government.

Mr Ryan said more than $109,000 had been invested in the new 47 square metre big screen TV to be installed on the infield at the racecourse and to give a significantly better view of the races for everyone at the track.

“Joint funding from the Coalition Government and the racing industry of almost $218,250 will see a magnificent new big screen TV installed at Sale’s Greenwattle Racecourse,” Mr Ryan said.

“This is great investment that will also provide the Sale Turf Club with significant savings as it currently hires mobile screens for its major race meetings such as the Sale Cup this Sunday.

“Currently at non-feature racedays there is no big screen available to patrons.

“As well as saving on the hire costs of a mobile screen, the Sale Turf Club now has the chance to generate revenue by hiring out the big screen for local events such as movies, expos and other community events,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said today’s announcement was in addition to investment at the racecourse that included the construction of new horse stalls and fencing improvements.

“The new tie-up stalls are a boost for racing and training at Sale and will improve safety conditions, particularly for the horses, their trainers and strappers,” Mr Ryan said.

“The project, jointly funded by the Coalition Government and the racing industry, resulted in the demolition of 15 dilapidated stalls and replaced with 18 new modern stalls.                                                                                                                

“The Coalition Government has provided $58,733 towards this new project through its Victorian Racing Industry Fund, with the Sale Turf Club and Racing Victoria each contributing $29,366 towards the total project cost of $117,465.”

Mr Ryan said these upgrades built on other recent improvements at Sale racecourse funded by the Coalition Government including an enhanced irrigation and drainage system and a new set of practice starting stalls.

Sale Turf Club chairman David Wilson said with 20 race meetings annually, the provision of a big screen would ensure more than 20,000 patrons that frequented the course would not miss a minute of the action. 

“The new and larger tie-up stalls ensure horses, trainers and strappers are provided with a safe environment leading into their race. 

“The additional new stalls complete the replacement program which provides the club with 123 tie up stalls to be used on race day and during early morning track work conducted on a daily basis,” Mr Wilson said.
The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien said the Coalition Government was a strong supporter of country racing and was committed to growing the economic and social benefits that arise from the racing industry.

“The racing industry provides an economic benefit of $110 million to Gippsland, including 1,100 full-time jobs and the direct participation of more than 5,600 people,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The Coalition Government’s $80 million Victorian Racing Industry Fund, derived from unclaimed dividends and on-course wagering taxes, is critical to growing these economic benefits,” he said.

“The Coalition Government is committed to backing these important projects because it is vital to foster growth in the racing industry, which is worth $940 million annually to the state’s rural and regional economy.”

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404 

A new police station for Sale progressing on time and on budget

* * - Friday, October 24, 2014


  • Deputy Premier inspects works at site of new Sale police station
  • New station on track to be complete by March 2015
  • Victorian Coalition Government invests $18.2 million for project

The site of the old prison in Sale is being transformed into a new modern 24-hour police station that will assist Victoria Police protect and serve the community of Sale and district.

The Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today inspected the construction of the new Sale police station and said works were expected to be completed by March next year.

“Development at the site has moved ahead over the past months, with significant progress having now been achieved,” Mr Ryan said.

“The result is a very impressive building, with its architectural superiority to be surpassed only by its functionality.”

Mr Ryan said the new police station would accommodate a uniform branch, CIU,  highway patrol, police prosecutors, sexual offences and child abuse investigation team, and the Police Service Area Commander.

“The building will include interview rooms, holding cells and conference and training facilities that will be used an as incident control centre during emergency situations. Staff will have access to mess rooms, change rooms and a gym.

“An absolute feature of the building is the old red brick prison wall which has been retained and incorporated in the modern design of the new station,” Mr Ryan said.

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien said the existing police station at Sale, built in 1976, no longer met the needs of the local police.

“This is the oldest 24-hour police station east of Dandenong and is long overdue of an upgrade,” Mr O’Brien said.

“When it opens the new station will have room for 63 police personnel and has significant room for growth inline with police numbers in future years.

“The Coalition Government recently announced the success of its $602 million commitment deliver 1,700 additional frontline police.

“This was the single largest law enforcement recruitment exercise in Victoria’s history.

“The Coalition Government is investing record levels of funding in Victoria Police, enabling them to keep communities safer.” 

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404 

Deputy Premier announce Benalla Botanical Gardens facelift

* * - Thursday, October 23, 2014


  • Deputy Premier announces $400,000 for Benalla Botanical Gardens facelift
  • Project to create a modern community precinct
  • Victorian Coalition Government building a better regional and rural Victoria

The children’s precinct at the historic Benalla Botanical Gardens will receive a major facelift including new play equipment, a new formal entry, open space play areas, better seating, new garden beds and connecting pathways.

The facelift is part of a $610,000 investment designed to breathe new life into the popular local attraction, bringing it in-line with today’s expectations.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan joined The Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan, Liberal candidate for Euroa Tony Schneider and Member for Benalla Bill Sykes in Benalla today to announce the facelift and provide the news that the Victorian Coalition Government would invest $400,000 of the $610,000 required to complete it.

Mr Ryan said $300,000 of the Coalition Government’s $400,000 investment would be provided through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, with $100,000 coming through the Community Facility Funding Program, administered by the Minister for Sport Damian Drum.

Mr Ryan said the remaining $210,000 would be provided by a number of community contributors including Benalla Rural City Council ($167,000), Tomorrow Today Foundation ($13,000), Friends of the Gardens ($10,000), and Rotary Club of Benalla ($20,000 in-kind).

Mr Ryan said the $610,000 investment would fund:

  • demolition and site preparation;
  • upgrade of plumbing in existing facilities and amenities;
  • landscaping of new garden beds and refurbishment of pathways;
  • construction of play equipment, formal entry, community open space and seating; and
  • improvements to the public car park.

“Located in the heart of Benalla, the botanical gardens is a popular spot for family picnics, and a key visitor drawcard, particularly for those travelling up and down the Hume Highway,” Mr Ryan said.

“Over the past few years the gardens, particularly the area in which we are standing here today, has begun to show its age and is in desperate need of a facelift.

“Both Bill Sykes and Steph Ryan have been lobbying hard alongside the Benalla Rural City Council to secure this investment, and I am proud to be here today with them to announce this important funding has been secured.”

Mr Ryan said the works would rejuvenate the parklands and create an attractive and functional open-air space for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy.

The improvements will complement the surrounding attractions including the Benalla Art Gallery and the Lake Benalla Boardwalk.

“When complete, this project will have created a community hub with the capacity to increase tourism and boost the local economy,” Mr Ryan said.

“It will also make this great location an even more popular place for locals to spend time, particularly on weekends and warm summer evenings, and I look forward to returning here to see these wonderful additions and improvements once complete.”

Mr Ryan said works would begin shortly and would be finished by this time next year.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Regional Living still a Good Move under Coalition

* * - Thursday, October 23, 2014


  • Regional Living Expo and Good Move campaign to continue under a re-elected Coalition Government
  • Coalition Government delivers integrated campaign to drive regional growth
  • Strong, diverse and prosperous regions vital in building a better Victoria

The successful Regional Victoria Living Expo and associated Good Move campaign will continue under a re-elected Coalition Government, Premier and Minister for Regional Cities Denis Napthine announced today.

Speaking at a Regional Cities Victoria Forum, Dr Napthine said a re-elected Coalition Government would continue the highly successful expo and the marketing campaign over the next four years, both of which are designed to drive population growth in regional and rural Victoria.

“The Regional Victoria Living Expo, which was first run in 2011, is a free annual event which brings together all the key information about moving to regional and rural Victoria under one roof,” Dr Napthine said.

“In 2014, the Expo, at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, attracted a record crowd of more than 9,600 visitors – city-dwellers looking to move to our regional and rural communities and make the most of what a regional lifestyle has to offer.

“Every family that moves to a regional community helps to make our regional communities the wonderful places they are, while also contributing to and developing the local economy,” Dr Napthine said.

“Councils have provided us with strong feedback about the success of the Expo, and it has become a key event in their marketing calendars.

“We have seen many examples of Victorian families making the move to our regional communities after exposure to the Regional Victoria Living Expo,” Dr Napthine said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said a re-elected Coalition Government would also continue its successful Good Move campaign, which capitalises on the Expo through a marketing campaign aimed at addressing the perceived barriers to moving.

“This is part of our integrated approach to accelerating growth in regional and rural Victoria,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Good Move campaign works hand-in-hand with the Regional Living Expo to showcase real-life examples of Victorian families who have discovered how making the move to regional Victoria has improved their quality of life,” Mr Ryan said.

“The campaign has been informed by research which shows that nine per cent of Melburnians would consider a move to regional Victoria in the next three years.

“The Coalition Government understands that the key to achieving balanced population growth is to encourage more people to live and work in regional Victoria.

“With our $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, the Regional Living Expo and the Good Move Campaign, the Coalition Government is the only party with a plan to grow and develop regional areas and build a better Victoria,” Mr Ryan said.

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

Regional Growth Fund delivers for Katandra West

* * - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Victorian Coalition Government invests $999,000 towards $1.3 million Katandra West Community Centre
  • Project will support Katandra Kats and a wide-range of user groups
  • Coalition Government building a better regional and rural Victoria

The Victorian Coalition Government will invest almost $1 million to build a new community centre in Katandra West, delivering a one-stop-shop for local sports clubs, community events, meetings and celebrations.

The new Katandra West Community Centre will be located at the Katandra West Recreation Reserve, replacing the century-old Katandra West Hall as a centre-point for life in the small Goulburn Valley community.

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan joined The Nationals candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr in Katandra West today to announce the Coalition Government will invest $999,000 from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund in the construction of the $1.3 million community centre.

The Katandra West Community Facilities Committee of Management will provide $150,000 towards construction of the new community centre, with the Greater Shepparton City Council providing a further $151,000.

Mr Ryan said the $1.3 million investment will deliver a 685-square metre multipurpose facility, featuring:

  • a large multi-purpose area and meeting room;
  • male, female and disabled toilets;
  • female and umpire change rooms; and
  • commercial kitchen, cool room, storage space, bar and serving area.

Mr Ryan said the new community centre will benefit a number of local user groups including the Katandra Kats Football and Netball Club, local cricket and tennis clubs, Country Women’s Association, CFA, Girl Guides, Ukiah Club and Katandra West Primary School.

Mr Ryan said the new community centre will be the ideal location to host community celebrations such as birthday parties, weddings and engagement parties, community meetings, conferences and other community events.

“Every small town needs a modern, accessible and useable community space to host local events and celebrations,” Mr Ryan said.

“While the existing community hall has served Katandra West for more than a century, it is beginning to show its age and no longer meets the needs and expectations of the community.

“The Coalition Government’s almost $1 million investment will deliver a modern and flexible community centre that will be a focal point for the Katandra West community for the next 100 years, and is sure to be the scene of many great nights for locals.

“This investment will deliver modern facilities for local sports clubs such as the mighty Katandra Kats, with the new umpire and female change rooms to be a welcome addition, particularly for the netballers.

“This project is another terrific example of why The Nationals, working in a Coalition Government, fought to secure the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

“Through the Regional Growth Fund, we have been able to invest in countless projects similar to this right across regional and rural Victoria, projects that would otherwise have struggled to attract funding support from government.”

Mr Barr, a passionate Katandra West local, welcomed this investment, describing it as long overdue.

“As a local, I know how important the community hall is to our community,” Mr Barr said.

“Whether it’s hosting Girl Guides, school concerts, the football/netball club ball, 21st birthday parties, weddings and funerals, the community hall has seen it all.

“To now have a facility of this calibre at our disposal for local meetings and other community events is a real shot-in-the-arm for Katandra West.

“I am proud to be part of a strong National Party team which continues to deliver for the Goulburn Valley and its many communities including Katandra West.”

Mr Barr said construction would begin shortly with the project to be completed by the end of next year.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Victoria Coalition Government invests to create 12 new jobs in Shepparton

* * - Wednesday, October 22, 2014


  • 12 new Shepparton jobs created as Peter Stoitse Transport expands
  • $750,000 investment to deliver transport depot and truck maintenance facility
  • Victorian Coalition Government building a better Shepparton

Twelve new jobs will be created in Shepparton as Gippsland-based company Peter Stoitse Transport expands its Goulburn Valley operations.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan today joined The Nationals candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr in Shepparton to announce the Victorian Coalition Government would invest $75,000 to support Stoitse’s $750,000 relocation and expansion.

Mr Ryan said the $750,000 project would enable Stoitse to relocate from Tatura to Benalla Road in Shepparton, and build a new milk transport depot and truck maintenance facility.

Peter Stoitse Transport has 130 full-time staff and operates 80 trucks from depots in Allansford, Hallam, Yarram, Maffra, Leongatha, Tatura, Wallace and Longwarry.

Its Tatura depot is currently located at Tatura Milk Industries, its biggest local customer, but the company has been unable to expand its depot due to size constraints.

This investment will allow Stoitse to relocated to larger premises in Shepparton, enabling it to significantly grow its Goulburn Valley presence.

Mr Ryan said the $750,000 relocation project would include: Development of a new hardstand, truck parking and fuelling facilities; Installation of new tanker sterilisation and cleaning facilities; Construction of a new complex and driver buildings; and Development of a new maintenance workshop.

“As a proud Gippslander, it gives me great pleasure to be here today alongside Greg Barr to announce the Coalition Government’s support for this great Gippsland company as it expands its Goulburn Valley operations and creates a dozen new local jobs,” Mr Ryan said.

“This project will provide a significant boost for Stoitse in the Goulburn Valley, enabling the company to better service local milk processors and producers.

“More importantly, this investment will create 12 new full-time jobs in Shepparton, including depot operators, mechanics, maintenance employees and truck drivers.”

Mr Ryan said the company recently signed a five year contact to provide transportation for

Tatura Milk Industries, ensuring the expansion would be viable.

The project will be completed within a year.

Mr Barr welcomed the investment and said the project would deliver a number of wins for the region.

“Part of the investment includes independent tanker sterilisation and washing facilities, which enables Stoitse to service other local dairy businesses including Pactum Dairy Group,” Mr Barr said.

“Moving to a larger site will also help Stoitse to diversify its Goulburn Valley business, with the potential for future growth and more new local jobs.”

Mr Barr said the relocation would also deliver a number of benefits for Tatura Milk Industries, including a reduction of trade waste from truck washing. It will also enable Tatura Milk Industries to redevelop the former Stoitse site, accommodating future growth.

“Investing in projects that deliver a win-win for regional and rural communities is a priority for the Victorian Coalition Government, and was a key reason why I was drawn to The Nationals,” Mr Barr said.

“This investment continues the Coalition Government’s strong and ongoing commitment to Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley.

“As The Nationals candidate for Shepparton I will continue to work within a Coalition Government to secure investments for our region.

“I am not afraid of hard work and I will continue to promote the best interests of Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley region more broadly.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Business West 21 to support growth of Melbourne’s west

* * - Tuesday, October 21, 2014


  • New organisation to promote investment and jobs growth in Melbourne’s west
  • Business West 21 to provide a clear voice for businesses in western suburbs
  • Victorian Coalition Government implementing ambitious Jobs Plan

A new group which aims to create jobs and grow the economy in Melbourne’s west has been launched by Deputy Premier and State Development Minister Peter Ryan at Whitten Oval in Footscray.

Business West 21 has been established to attract jobs, investment and infrastructure to Melbourne’s West, to support the area’s rapidly growing population.

The group will cover the municipalities of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham.

The formation of Business West 21 has been facilitated and assisted by the Western Melbourne Regional Development Australia committee and LeadWest.

“Business West 21 has been developed by a number of leading local business stakeholders who share a vision for a new local body committed to achieving improvements across all major industry sectors in Melbourne’s west,” Mr Ryan said.

“It will provide a clear and effective voice for businesses based in this part of Melbourne, particularly when it comes to communicating with all levels of government.”

Mr Ryan said Melbourne’s west was Australia’s fastest growing region, with a current population of around 800,000 people, which is expected to grow to more than 1.1 million in the near future.

“With an extra 300,000 people expected to live and work in Melbourne’s west it is important that we have groups such as Business West 21 working alongside all levels of government to support this rapid growth,” Mr Ryan said.

“I am confident the organisation will grow from strength to strength and provide great support to these growing communities.”

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government looked forward to working closely with Business West 21 as the government implements its own ambitious Jobs Plan.

“With the calibre of people backing it, I’m confident Business West 21 will play a key role securing a diverse and sustainable economy for this important region,” Mr Ryan said.

“We anticipate that this new organisation will also be well placed to assist with the implementation of Plan Melbourne by attracting business, investment and jobs to the National

Employment Clusters of Sunshine and Werribee and to the other major local activity centres.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Estate agent licensing reforms for large commercial property

* * - Tuesday, October 21, 2014


  • Implementing a key red tape initiative of the Victorian Coalition Government
  • Saving businesses approximately $2.6 million every year
  • Napthine Government building a better Victoria

The Victorian Coalition Government has confirmed that it is proceeding with its policy to remove the requirement for those involved in large commercial property transactions to hold a licence under the Estate Agents Act 1980 (Act), while maintaining appropriate consumer protections for buyers and sellers of property in Victoria.

The Government is also proposing to expand the current licensing exemption for commercial property transactions between related companies.

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said the reforms will benefit many sectors of the Victorian economy as the Napthine Government continues to make Victoria an attractive place to do business.

Anyone involved in the sale of commercial property in Victoria will no longer need an estate agent’s licence where:

  • The price in the contract of sale is at least $15 million; or
  • The property has a total floor space of at least 10,000 square metres; or
  • Each party to the sale owns other real estate with:

            - A total market value of at least $15 million; or

            - A total floor space of at least 10,000 square metres.

Also, anyone involved in the leasing of commercial property in Victoria will no longer need an estate agent’s licence where the company owns property with:

  • A total market value of at least $15 million; or
  • A total floor space of at least 10,000 square metres.

Minister for Consumer Affairs Heidi Victoria confirmed that a person selling or leasing residential property or rural land in Victoria will still require an estate agent’s licence.

“The exemptions are strictly limited to large commercial property transactions, including those between related companies. People should still strongly consider engaging an estate agent for these types of property transactions. The reforms merely give those businesses that regularly sell or lease large commercial property the option of using an estate agent or conducting the transaction between themselves,” Ms Victoria said.

The proposed reforms will commence on 1 July 2015 and Consumer Affairs Victoria will ensure sellers are aware of the benefits of engaging a licensed real estate agent for the sale of any type of real estate in Victoria through a public information campaign. A review of the proposed exemptions will occur 12 months after their commencement.

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government made a commitment to significantly reduce red tape and has delivered on that commitment.

“These reforms will save Victorian businesses an estimated $2.6 million every year and contribute to the more than $715 million in red tape savings to Victorian businesses and the economy”, Mr Ryan said.

The proposed reforms will be considered by Executive Council on 29 October 2014.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Cutting edge horticultural facility to create 40 jobs

* * - Monday, October 20, 2014


  • Victorian Coalition Government supports project that will deliver 40 jobs
  • Hydroponics facility to be first of its kind outside of Asia
  • Investment reinforces Victoria’s position as quality horticultural producer

A state-of-the art hydroponics facility, growing leafy vegetables such a spinach and rocket, will be built at Bunyip in Victoria’s east, creating 40 new local jobs.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Peter Ryan today announced that horticultural company KAITEKI Fresh Australia would establish a multi-million dollar hydroponics facility, the first of its kind outside of Asia.

Mr Ryan made the announcement at the Department of Environment and Primary Industries Knoxfield facility in Melbourne’s east, where the company has been undertaking trials growing its product under Australian conditions.

Mr Ryan said KAITEKI Fresh Australia’s investment represented a vote of confidence in Victoria’s economic credentials and bolstered the state’s reputation as a global leader in food production.

“This investment is great news for Bunyip, Gippsland and Victoria more broadly,” Mr Ryan said.

“It confirms Victoria’s reputation as a world leader in the production of clean, safe and high quality horticultural products.

“To have a major agricultural company such as this willing to make a significant investment here in Victoria shows the potential for the agricultural sector to be a mainstay of the Victorian economy over the next century and beyond.”

Mr Ryan said the new greenhouse facility would produce leafy green vegetables such as spinach and rocket without the use of pesticides and using a fraction of the water and fertiliser used in traditional horticultural methods.

“This ground breaking new facility will be the first of its type outside of Asia, enabling 20 harvests of green leafy vegetables per year, in comparison with four using traditional soil methods,” Mr Ryan said.

“This is truly a remarkable achievement and one the company should be extremely proud of.”

Mr Ryan said KAITEKI Fresh Australia had been established in Australia by Mitsubishi Plastic Inc (MPI) in collaboration with The KAITEKI Institute, a global research institute focused on meeting 21st century challenges in energy, the environment and healthcare.

MPI and the Kaiteki Institute have collaborated for a number of years on the development of next generation hydroponic technologies that enable the rapid cultivation of green leafy vegetables.

Mr Ryan said MPI and the KAITEKI Institute, in collaboration with DEPI, had managed to produce leafy vegetables of the same quality of the product grown in Japan.

Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh said Victoria had a strong record of producing safe, high quality produce, and scientists were confident this new method of growing leafy green vegetables offers an environmentally friendly way of boosting production.

“This could potentially revolutionise the way the horticulture industry cultivates vegetables and will contribute to the Victorian Coalition Government's goal of doubling food and fibre production by 2030,” Mr Walsh said.

KAITEKI Fresh Australia Chief Executive Officer Katsutoshi Ogihara said his company was proud of the investment.

“We will endeavour to start the delivery of the safe and trusted ‘Grown in Victoria’ leafy vegetables as soon as possible, grown without pesticide using our advanced production system,” Mr Ogihara said.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Coalition Government helps food manufacturing jobs survive and thrive

* * - Monday, October 13, 2014

  • Victorian Coalition Government secures or creates 105 skilled manufacturing jobs
  • Golden Circle site to be taken over by LangTech International
  • LangTech will export $45 million worth of product a year from the site and also replace $13 million of imports on the domestic market

More than 100 skilled food manufacturing jobs will be secured or created at the former Golden Circle site in Mill Park, following negotiations and significant assistance from the Victorian Coalition Government.

Innovative food and ingredients manufacturer LangTech International will convert much of the site from a conventional juice facility to produce specialty juices, bioactives and concentrated nutrient drinks for export.

Deputy Premier and State Development Minister Peter Ryan said that as well as reemploying 35 former Golden Circle workers, the Coalition Government had helped expand the site into a modern facility exporting to the world and creating significantly more jobs.

“As well as continuing to produce conventional juices and now also producing more modern, innovative products, we’ve negotiated for LangTech to relocate its headquarters from NSW and various operations from around Australia to Mill Park,” Mr Ryan said.

“LangTech will continue to produce conventional juice at Mill Park. However it will also make specialty juices, bioactives and fibre for the food, beverage and Nutraceutical industries.

“Once complete, the project is expected to generate $45 million worth of exports a year, replace $13 million worth of imports per year on the domestic market, and invest up to $5 million in R&D a year.

“Langtech has agreed to employ 105 workers including those retrenched from Golden Circle; relocate management, research and development and processing from other Australian sites to Mill Park; relocate its research and development and most fruit processing facilities from its New Zealand site; purchase fruit from Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley; and develop new technology for processing fruit and vegetables.

“The Coalition Government’s negotiations and assistance has turned a certain loss into a great win for jobs in Victoria. The loss of manufacturing jobs is avoided, more skilled manufacturing jobs have been created in a sustainable, forward looking industry and Victoria will export innovative juice and food products to the world.

“Highly skilled research jobs will also be created as the company continues to focus on R&D.

“And Goulburn Valley fruit growers will continue to supply fruit to the company,” Mr Ryan said.

LangTech International CEO Bill Nikolovski thanked the Coalition Government.

“LTI believes in the use of advanced manufacturing technologies and continued R&D to generate a range of functional food ingredients. LangTech is positioned to become a significant exporter of functional ingredients extracted from fruits to Asia. This will help further entrench Victoria’s global reputation as an exporter of premium food and beverage products,” Mr Nikolovski said.

“LangTech International is delighted to receive this funding assistance, which will be used to fund our capex program and support existing jobs at Mill Park, as well as to grow new highly skilled manufacturing jobs in Victoria.

“We are excited to have moved our operations to the Mill Park site. It provides a great base for us to manufacture our core natural ingredients and continue our R&D. At this site we have access to skilled staff, raw materials and great universities nearby to help us succeed.”

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

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