Tatura Milk Industries now has room to grow, following a visit to town and an announcement on Thursday by Victorian Deputy Premier Peter Ryan.BOB NICOL July 9, 2014 3:25am
Victorian Deputy Premier Peter Ryan (right), with Glenda Alexander, State Member for Shepparton Jeanette Powell, Nationals candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr and Jeff Alexander, enjoyed lunch at Tatura Hot Bread on Thursday and was keen to sample the bakery’s famous vanilla slices.
Mr Ryan, who is also Regional and Rural Development Minister, was joined by Nationals candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr and State Member for Shepparton Jeanette Powell for his visit to Tatura.
After enjoying lunch at Tatura Hot Bread, the group toured TMI’s Hogan St factory before a visit to the Private Robert Mactier VC Memorial Gardens, where they discussed the redevelopment.
While visiting TMI, Mr Ryan said the Victorian Government was helping the company secure surplus land in Tatura, to ensure it continued producing high quality dairy products locally.
‘‘TMI, which produces 80 000 tonnes of dairy products annually, had outgrown its existing facility, with little room left onsite to expand,’’ he said.
Mr Ryan said to secure the future of the company in Tatura, the government worked with TMI to develop a master plan to cater for future growth.
‘‘TMI’s current factory was operating at maximum capacity and any plans to develop the facility could only proceed once nearby land was secured,’’ he said.
‘‘To ensure it could continue to grow, the Coalition Government sold 2.6 ha of neighbouring surplus railway land to TMI.
‘‘This additional land provides TMI with the space it needs to grow, while ensuring any future rail projects in Tatura would not be impeded. This will give TMI a great competitor’s advantage.’’
Mr Ryan said the government had also worked with Greater Shepparton City Council to rezone the surplus railway land, as well as other nearby land purchased by TMI, to a Special Use Zone dedicated to milk processing, ensuring future development could proceed without delay.
Mr Barr said The Nationals were committed to supporting local manufacturing businesses as well as the region’s farmers.
‘‘TMI is vital to the local economy, employing 435 full-time employees and contributing $163 million per year to local farmers through milk payments,’’ he said.
‘‘TMI is the largest private label cream cheese and infant formula manufacturer in Australia and produces a variety of products including milk powders, cheese, cream cheese, infant formula and milk protein concentrate.
‘‘Approximately 50 per cent of TMI’s products are exported, mostly to Asia and Europe, with export sales anticipated to be $229 million in 2014.
‘‘The Coalition Government is working alongside local manufacturers such as TMI to ensure they continue to operate in regional and rural Victoria and continue to support local jobs and local farmers.’’
Mrs Powell said the government’s hard work and support meant TMI had a bright future in Tatura.
‘‘Tatura Milk Industries, which started out as the Tatura Butter Factory and Farmers Produce Company, has been operating out of its Hogan St facility since 1907,’’ she said.
‘‘The Coalition Government’s support ensures TMI will continue to operate in Tatura long into the future.’’
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