SPC Ardmona’s parent company is offering a commitment to keep the cannery open until 2020 if it can secure Victorian and Federal government financial support.By Geoff Adams
SPC Ardmona’s parent company is offering a commitment to keep the cannery open until 2020 if it can secure Victorian and Federal government financial support.
The federal ALP government has offered $25
SPC Ardmona managing director Peter Kelly said the offered money was dependant on the Victorian Government making a dollar-for-dollar matching investment.
In making the $25
Senator Carr said it was not a bail out but an investment with a number of conditions to ensure the company continued to operate.
Labor’s candidate for Murray, Rod Higgins, said the plan was developed to protect local jobs and the region’s growers.
‘‘There hasn’t been a lot of aid for the growers; the Victorian Government wouldn’t give the orchardists anything in terms of a tree pull,’’ he said.
‘‘This will ensure there is a commitment to the future of SPC.’’
However, the 50 growers jettisoned by SPC Ardmona and who have no outlet for their canning fruit have been offered nothing by the Labor Federal Government, nor the opposition.
Federal coalition agricultural spokesman John Cobb has pointed to coalition policies for increasing profitability in the agricultural sector, but has not made any commitments for Goulburn Valley growers.
Mr Cobb has told Country News the coalition would provide $100
The coalition has also promised to open up more market opportunities with China, Korea and Japan.
SPC Ardmona managing director Peter Kelly said if two government support packages could be secured, SPC Ardmona’s parent company Coca-Cola Amatil would significantly invest in the business and commit to keeping it open in Shepparton until at least 2020.
The company was waiting for a definitive decision from the Victorian Government.
Mr Kelly also said he had high expectations that the commitment would be supported by the Federal Opposition if they won government on September 7.
‘‘We certainly hope to have bipartisan support for this investment in the future of food processing in Australia’s Goulburn Valley.
‘‘An investment package of this scale will be game-changing for us. It will see us develop innovative Australian-made products at competitive prices. It will allow us to implement world-class efficiency improvements consolidated into our Shepparton site with new plant and equipment including state-of-the-art packaging machinery and technologies to support our innovation pipeline,’’ Mr Kelly said.
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