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SPC Ardmona support 'no brainer'

Federal Member for Murray Sharman Stone urges Cabinet support for SPC Ardmona.

January 30, 2014 11:20am

Providing SPC Ardmona with a ‘‘measly’’ $25million is a ‘‘no-brainer’’, Federal Member for Murray Sharman Stone says.

Cabinet is now meeting to discuss providing assistance to the embattled canner.

The decision could shape the company’s future in the region.

Dr Stone said the industry was a strong contributor to the region’s economy.

‘‘We are a country with magnificent climate, great soils, great orchards — for a measly $25million in support,’’ she told ABC radio.

‘‘I just see this as a no-brainer.’’

The company is seeking $25million each from the Federal and Victorian governments to modernise its operations.

If successful it would contribute $150million of its own resources.

Dr Stone warned against the loss of the industry.

‘‘You are not going to be able to kickstart our orchard industries once the bulldozers have finished their work.’’

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