Wildflowers Sprout New Jobs In Grampians

29 May 2017

The Andrews Labor Government has helped secure a $195,000 investment for Australian Wildflowers that will expand their operations, increase exports and create 50 new jobs.

Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development Danielle Green announced the Labor Government’s support through the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund while visiting the company’s flower processing facility in Laharum today.

As part of the expansion project, the company is currently installing new equipment that will vastly improve the processing and packing of flowers for the Australian and export markets.

Australian Wildflowers already exports to China, USA, UAE and many countries in Europe. This project will support existing markets and open up new opportunities for expansion into South East Asia.

Elements of the project include:

  • New equipment for flower grading and bunching that will improve product quality and consistency
  • An upgraded cool room area that provides better storage for the flowers and allows better forklift access
  • A hydraulic ramp for safer loading and unloading of stock
  • Reconfiguration of manufacturing processes to get the most out of the new equipment

The 50 new jobs created by the project will be a huge stimulus for the Laharum area, and will support the business to employ additional Karen refugees who have settled in the Wimmera district.

The Labor Government strongly supports projects that not only create local jobs, but also deliver social benefits to local communities across Victoria.

Through its $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, the Labor Government is supporting initiatives across the state that make regional Victoria a better place to live, work and do business.

Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green

The Grampians region is home to more than one third of Victoria's flora, so what better place to base a successful flower growing, processing and exporting business.”

“We’re proud to support Australian Wildflowers in their expansion that will create 50 jobs and generate exports of $2.4 million per annum.”

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