Creating 450 jobs for Capricornia under Bowen Basin Jobs Package
More than 300 jobs created during construction and over 150 ongoing jobs
Capricornia electorate will receive $13.36 million toward six projects as part of the package
The Coalition Government is committed to creating jobs in regional Australia
Capricornia is set for a major jobs and funding boost following the Coalition Government’s announcement of six successful projects through its Regional Jobs and Investment Packages.
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, John McVeigh, joined the Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, to announce the Coalition Government would contribute over $13 million towards the successful projects.
“The Coalition stands for more and better paying jobs - this major investment will generate more than 300 jobs during construction, and 150 ongoing jobs,” Dr McVeigh said.
“We are working with local businesses to invest in key projects that will help the region reach its economic potential. We are contributing $13.6 million toward six projects, which will leverage other funding sources to invest a total of more than $43 million in the region.
“Thanks to Michelle Landry’s tenacious advocacy we have been able to deliver for the local community, as part of our commitment to strengthening regional Australia by investing in key projects that support their economic future.”
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the wide range of projects to be delivered through the Coalition Government’s ongoing investment in regional Australia would help diversify the economy.
“We are proud to support local businesses that are innovating and expanding operations, like here at Tropical Pines in Yeppoon. The Coalition Government will contribute $5.8 million towards the company’s $11.6 million fruit processing facility at Hidden Valley; not only creating 46 jobs during construction and 26 jobs ongoing, but providing a much-needed opportunity for excess or lower grade fruit to still get to market; a great result for our hard-working farmers,” Ms Landry said.
“Signature Onfarm will receive $5 million to deliver the Signature Onfarm Beef Processing Facility and Accommodation Village in Clermont, which will create 200 jobs during construction and another 70 ongoing jobs for the Isaacs region, as well as help some of our most proactive producers grow their businesses.
“We’re getting on with delivering projects like that at Coorana Crocodile Farm, which will expand on the existing croc farm through construction of 1,000 crocodile breeding pens, to harvest crocodile meat and first grade skins for the export market.
“I’m thrilled to see the Spinal Life Australia project receive $100,000 to equip and operate an accessible gym with rehabilitative, easy-access, air pressure equipment designed for people who use a wheelchair or have a physical disability; this is sure to see more people utilise this wonderful service.”
Senator for Queensland and Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan welcomed today’s announcement and said the Coalition Government was continuing to support the future of regional Queensland.
“We’re investing in regional Queensland because we know that will help create new jobs and new businesses. We want to support the industries that have traditionally created local jobs, and encourage new projects and new opportunities. We’re investing in a range of projects in the North, from roads to dams and from agriculture to tourism,” Senator Canavan said.
“The Coalition continues to back regional communities through this program and other initiatives like the $272 million Regional Growth Fund which is designed to help fund projects that make regional communities grow and thrive.”
The successful projects under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages for Capricornia are:
Tropical Pines Pty Ltd, Yeppoon - $5,808,000
Signature Onfarm Pty Ltd, Clermont - $5,000,000
Rockhampton Regional Council, Mount Archer - $1,500,000
Wests Tigers Club, Walkerston - $ 653,708
Farnmont Pty Ltd, Coowonga - $ 300,000
Spinal Life Australia Ltd, Rockhampton $ 100,000