The Federal Government has rejected SPC Ardmona’s application for $25 million investment for innovation in the business.January 30, 2014 5:00pm
The Federal Government has rejected SPC Ardmona’s application for $25 million investment for innovation in the business.
The food processor has raised the prospect of factory closures if government support was not forthcoming.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott, speaking after a cabinet meeting, repeatedly emphasised it was up to the ‘‘highly profitable’’ parent company, Coca Cola Amatil to find the money.
He also referred to the company’s enterprise agreement as being more generous than awards. In response to questions he said it was not about hourly rates of pay, but generous conditions, mentioning payouts for sick leave and various loadings.
He urged the company to renegotiate the agreement.
Mr Abbott also mentioned Coca Cola Amatil’s chairman, David Gonski, about five times, saying he was sure Mr Gonski would not let the workers down.
In response to a comparison to money given to Cadburys in Tasmania, Mr Abott said it was different.
He said the Tasmanian money was for tourism infrastructure whereas the SPC Ardmona money was a ‘‘grant’’ for operational costs.
The late Margaret 'Dharrul' Wirrpanda has joined Mooroopna's Alf 'Uncle Boydie' Turner as an inductee this year into the Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll.
Paradise Queen owner Travis Smith is preparing to take on hundreds of runners at this year’s Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival to be held on October 18-19.
Goulburn Valley Fins and Fenders Car Club is getting ready to host its second annual Show and Shine event at Tatura Racecourse on Saturday, October 18.
Residents are being warned they could face severe penalties if out of control burn-offs damaged someone else’s property.
The Nanneella hall and recreation reserve committee is inviting everyone to join its clearance sale on October 25.
National Party ticket up for grabs
Developer of the Elloura estate wants to build another road to Buckley Park among other changes.
Terry Hogan has stood down as Mayor of Jerilderie Shire due to an ongoing battle with cancer.
Heathcote Community House staff are encouraging people to send a postcard to show their support.
Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal Affairs Tim Bull visits Cobram to assist councils and incumbent MP.
Keen Deni Ute Muster fans rolled into town early for the weekend's event.
The only consistent thing about frost damage in crops was its random nature, a cropping expert told his field day audience at Finley last Friday.
Last week's Coledale poll dorset stud ram sale was the best in the stud's 45-year history.
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