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.
Water has been returned to Kinnairds and Black wetlands to help with their revitalisation after bushfire damaged them in February.
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Matches were split up over Good Friday and Easter Saturday throughout the region.
Painter Ben Winspear and Scott Wileman will create new works as the public look on during the at Rochester Art Exhibition.
Kyabram Bombers have the chance to beat Rochester under light for the first time this Friday evening.
Lions star recruit had a tough introduction to the GVFL.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Eighty residents at a forum determined the Heathcote Community Plan was on track but need some fine tuning.
Cobram skate park hosts skateboarding and music for youth week.
Senior state minister Adrian Piccoli reaquainted himself with Deniliquin yesterday, leaving Deniliquin Counil hopeful it has an ally in him.
With his blue eyes and snow-coloured coat, Nanneella horse Sinatra has looks worthy of a fairytale.
Fourteen-year-old Benalla girl Jaimee Linke will launch her debut novel next month.
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