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.
Jan and Peter Wallace will attend the most emotional Anzac Day dawn service there is.
The Yarrawonga and District Cemetery Trust has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Department of Health to undertake development work at the Yarrawonga cemetery.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Echuca shearer Franky Atkinson has earned himself a return trip to New Zealand next year after an impressive run of performances in shearing competitions.
William Napier, whose remains lie in Rochester cemetery, received the Empire's highest honour for gallantry while fighting for the British army during the Indian Mutiny.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
Family of former Seymour man killed in a road crash in Los Angeles before Christmas set up a Melbourne University scholarship in his honour.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
The Cancer Council Relay For Life fundraiser is a cause close to the hearts, and feet, of many district residents.
Redgum sculpture is carved at Thompsons Beach, Cobram.
Deniliquin Police ConFest Operation nets 76 drug detections.
Murray Goulburn has lifted its milk prices to about $6.66 kg milk solids.
Benalla's Joda Plex was named Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFEs student of the year at her graduation this month.
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