More than 100 new jobs will be created in the Goulburn Valley following
today’s announcement by the Victorian Coalition Government that it will
provide Shepparton firm Rubicon Water with $750,000 to assist the company
expand its Goulburn Valley operations.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Peter Ryan joined Member
for Shepparton Jeanette Powell in Shepparton today to announce the grant
from the Coalition Government’s Industries for Today and Tomorrow program.
Rubicon Water is a provider of innovative and technologically advanced
solutions for improving management of irrigation water and currently
employs 189 people, of which 171 are based in Australia, including 114 in
“The Coalition Government is helping Rubicon undertake an expansion project
worth close to $3.5 million, driving exports and generating 112 new jobs –
106 of them in the local area,” Mr Ryan said.
“This expansion will include a $2.9 million investment in new technology
for the machine shop and a $527,000 upgrade to facilities to house
additional staff, equipment and products.”
Mr Ryan said Rubicon’s export business was the driver of this expansion
with the company currently working on projects likely to create export
sales of approximately $10 million, and potentially up to $100 million over
the next three years.
“This will include projects in California and China as well as Australian
based projects including major irrigation district upgrades in New South
Wales,” Mr Ryan said.
Mrs Powell welcomed the announcement, saying it would provide a significant
boost for employment in the Goulburn Valley, following a recent contraction
in the fruit processing industry.
“The 106 local roles will include 58 jobs in manufacturing, 40 field roles
and eight jobs in project delivery and administration,” Mrs Powell said.
Mrs Powell said Rubicon was working with the Coalition Government to grow
its business, having recently participated in the Grow Your Business
program and also as a past delegate on international trade missions.
“Rubicon is a tremendous example of what can be achieved when businesses
access government support,” Mrs Powell said.
“The Coalition Government has introduced a new way of engaging with
business to help build lasting relationships that provide support over the
“Teams of business development managers are now working to directly engage
with companies, based in the expanded network of Victorian Government
Business Offices across the state and internationally.
“This closer approach is helping firms improve competitiveness and
productivity, and develop new export opportunities.”
The local Victorian Government Business Office can be found at 79A Wyndham