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.
Two teenage boys have been arrested following a series of traffic incidents in Shepparton last night.
Fine weather and a strong number of athlete registrations will ensure this weekend’s Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival is another huge success.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
The head of the Building Designers Association of Victoria has big plans for the association.
St Joseph’s Primary School students have been preparing their push carts ahead of next month’s KidZcapers.
KCLC supported Southern Processing win award
Members celebrate over the weekend.
Berrigan Shire was this week approved for a low interest loan from the state government to undertake flood mitigation works.
Frank Hill is thrilled with his repaired 1948 grey Fergie.
As weather warms, so does car theft; Cobram police urge drivers to lock parked vehicles.
Deniliquin McDonald's raised more than $1300 for McHappy Day on Saturday.
The latest in stone and pome fruit research and development will be the focus of a forum at the Horticulture Centre of Excellence at Tatura tomorrow, Wednesday, October 22.
Lions Benalla donates $1200 to buy a bar code reader for Lorraine Billman who will soon be able to go shopping without her husband.
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