Victorian Premier Denis Napthine says he will discuss a way forward with SPC Ardmona following Greater Shepparton City Council's decision not to close Andrew Fairley Ave.DARREN LINTON June 12, 2014 3:53am
Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has expressed disappointment at the decision not to close Andrew Fairley Ave to support SPC Ardmona.
Dr Napthine said the Victorian Government, which has committed $22
City of Greater Shepparton councillors voted 4-2 to keep the road open.
‘‘I’m disappointed Shepparton, which argued for government support for SPC, won’t close this road to allow SPC to get on with the productivity improvements they need,’’ Dr Napthine said.
SPC Ardmona said the road would deliver a three to five per cent efficiency gain because the company could take a ‘‘one-touch’’ approach to delivering fresh produce to new production lines.
Parent company Coca-Cola Amatil had more than matched the government contribution and a $100
SPC Ardmona called a halt to that investment within minutes of the council vote taking place.
The decision has attracted criticism nationally and City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Jenny Houlihan conceded yesterday the decision would be frustrating to people who stood up for SPC Ardmona when it was fighting for government support and long-term survival.
‘‘We’re all up in the air as to what it means for SPC and 2000 jobs in our community,’’ she said.
The Coca-Cola Amatil board will determine the future of the investment program, but is yet to make a formal statement on the way forward.
Fruit Growers Victoria general manager John Wilson said the council decision was understandable, but might not be in the best economic interests of the district.
‘‘That remains a concern for us,’’ he said.
Australian Food and Grocery Council chief executive Gary Dawson said rejecting SPC’s application for the closure of the road was a major blow to hopes for the upgrade of the plant.
‘‘It beggars belief that Australia’s last big fruit processing plant, which is not only an important local employer, but also a strategic piece of national industrial capability, could once more be in jeopardy and this time because the local council fails to back the importance of local jobs,’’ he said.
‘‘It would be a tragedy if the massive customer, retailer, Victorian Government and Coca-Cola Amatil support for SPC is nullified by local government regulation.’’
Two men charged over the armed robbery of a Shepparton service station have been remanded in custody until next week.
The 2014 Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival has been hailed a huge success by organisers and participants alike.
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.
Echuca College students Calum Pearson, Luke Judd, Kiriana Epararma, Harriet Nilon, Kyle Melhuish and Stephanie Chong are heading to China.
A former Rochester resident is helping women with their confidence and their horses.
Accusations of bullying, disrespect and dangerous conduct.
And the school's best all-rounder for this year.
Finley's Mark Whiley has been traded from the GWS Giants to Carlton - the club he has supported all his life.
District residents are being invited to enjoy Oktooberfest celebrations at Tooborac Hotel and Brewery.
Momentum builds for the greatest show in Cobram, with young and old expected to lap up family attractions in sunny conditions.
Water users have welcomed the governments' announcement of a $350 million package for new irrigation efficiency programs in NSW, but say water availability is in need of improvement.
Farmers and anyone interested in big boys’ toys will be fascinated to check out an unmanned helicopter in action at an Ardmona orchard.
Judge comments, If I were single, I'd marry this steak!
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.