The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the creation of 70 new jobs in Stawell, announcing funding for Nectar Farms that will see the development of a large-scale, high-tech hydroponic glasshouse facility.
The project will provide job opportunities for affected workers from the closed Stawell Gold Mine.
Nectar Farms have now successfully obtained the land from Stawell Gold Mine, planning approval from Council and will receive a grant from the Labor Government's $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund to support the creation of 70 new jobs.
The investment was announced on the new Nectar Farms site by Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, Jaala Pulford in Stawell today.
The multi-million dollar investment in the new food and fibre technology will create a brand new industry sector in the region, using the latest in hydroponic glasshouse and plant technology to increase yields and provide a reliable supply of vegetables into domestic and international markets.
This opportunity has been enabled by the early 'post mining' site planning of the Northern Grampians Council and the generous provision of land and planning from Kirkland Gold.
This is an exciting development for Stawell and the Labor Government is proud to support it.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“This is fantastic news for Stawell and by bringing a new, hi-tech food industry to the region, it marks an exciting and important step in supporting the local community.”
“We’re thinking of the 150 retrenched workers in Stawell and working hard to facilitate new local job opportunities.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Industry, Employment and Resources Wade Noonan
“Emerging industries help create a more resilient jobs market, keeping jobs in local areas and giving families security.”
Quote attributable to Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor Tony Driscoll
“The Nectar Farms Project will change the landscape for the Stawell community and provide an immediate boost in available jobs.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020