The director of SPC Ardmona Factory Sales has expressed disappointment at the Federal Government’s decision to not fund upgrades to SPC Ardmona.CHLOE WARBURTON February 1, 2014 6:31am
SPC Ardmona Factory Sales birthday Sam (in red) Andrew PrenticeShepparton News on 8/11/2013 CAPTION: SPC Ardmona Factory Sales birthday Sam (in red) Andrew Prentice
Andrew Prentice yesterday said more than quarter of a million transactions were made at the business annually.
Although it was difficult to quantify how many tourism dollars these brought to the city, at least five busloads of tourists visited Factory Sales every week.
During a press conference on Thursday announcing the Federal Government’s decision, Prime Minister Tony Abbott dismissed claims of inconsistency concerning a $16 million pledge to Cadbury’s Hobart factory during last year’s federal election campaign.
Mr Abbott said the grant to Cadbury had been to provide tourism infrastructure.
Mr Prentice, a third-generation fruitgrower who bought the Factory Sales business in 2012 with his son Samuel, said there was no doubt SPC Ardmona and SPC Ardmona Factory Sales brought tourism to the Shepparton region.
‘‘The tourists that come to SPC Ardmona Factory Sales don’t always buy something from us, but regardless they’re coming to Shepparton to have a look around and have a coffee,’’ he said.
‘‘It is Shepparton’s biggest tourism attraction. Factory Sales is a completely independent business, but I’m frustrated by the lack of foresight by the government when you see what’s spent upgrading water infrastructure, for example — it’s billions of dollars. All SPC needed from the government was millions.’’
Mr Prentice said he was disappointed to see Mr Abbott’s comments on Thursday and believed the decision would affect businesses across Shepparton.
‘‘The difficulties faced by SPC Ardmona and our growers is really about what happened with the dollar and the cheap imports that have crippled the industry and that was barely mentioned by Mr Abbott,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m deeply disappointed for Shepparton and there will be a lot of businesses affected by this. I’m grateful to Coca-Cola Amatil for coming in and growing the business at a time of difficulty.
‘‘It’s just disappointing, particularly when Tony Abbott was so vocal when he wasn’t in power, but now he does nothing.’’
Tourism Greater Shepparton president Cheryl Hammer said SPC Ardmona and SPC Ardmona Factory Sales were an internationally recognised brand.
‘‘From a tourism perspective, there’s no doubt SPC Ardmona, and SPC Ardmona Factory Sales in particular, is a tourist attraction,’’ she said.
‘‘If people think of the Shepparton area internationally, they think of SPC.
‘‘To say the demise of SPC could be the downfall of our tourism industry goes a little too far, but we need to think about how we can step up in different ways.
‘‘There’s still no doubt in anyone’s mind that if SPC was compromised, it would leave a huge dent.’’
Every picture tells a story and every treasured object has a memory — this is the message behind a call to find Shepparton memorabilia for display.
Police investigating a break and enter at a Mulwala club more than 10 years ago are renewing their appeal for public assistance by releasing an image of a person they believe has information to assist them.
Tatura’s Victory Hall is set for a big year as preparations get under way to celebrate the hall’s 90th birthday in September.
Former district resident and award-winning television producer Joanna Werner will no doubt be shopping for a glitzy gown ahead of the Emmy Awards in New York on February 20.
Rochester Secondary College school captains Dom Atley and Tim Poole have been accepted to study biomedical science in the first step towards becoming doctors.
Will it be Merrigum or Lancaster?
Fire destroys key public buildings in Seymour
Finley Henry Matheson was bestowed one of the highest Australia Day honours.
Heathcote Hostel residents were treated to a visit from Heathcote’s favourite horse, Sub Zero, as part of Australia Day celebrations.
Recent weather conditions have come as a mixed blessing for farmers, with high rainfall and humidity providing a respite for irrigators as well as difficult growing and picking conditions for fruit growers.
Darren McLoughlin only started playing croquet seven years ago.
From orchards to harvest to shelves, a new exhibition will celebrate the Goulburn Valley’s iconic fruit industry. The Photos of the Fruit Industry exhibition will run as part of the SheppARTon Festival in March and aims to share memories and history of an industry that has shaped the region.
Former Benalla footballer Tom Rockliff has been named captain of the Brisbane Lions Football Club.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.