Aquaculture investment to boost employment

April 11, 2014

The Coalition has committed $3.5 million to help Huon Aquaculture expand its Parramatta Creek factory and boost employment in the region.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, today joined Huon Aquaculture owners Peter and Frances Bender and Acting Premier Jeremy Rockliff to officially launch the construction process.

"Tasmania's aquaculture industry is the envy of the country and the construction of this value-added processing facility will help it remain at the leading edge," Senator Colbeck said.

"It is fantastic to see private industry investing in its future, along with contributions from the State and Federal Governments."

Senator Colbeck said the project would boost employment in the region by creating 90 ongoing jobs and a further estimated 100 jobs during construction.

"Tasmania's employment figures are lagging behind the rest of Australia so it is exciting to hear a significant number of jobs will be created as a result of this investment," he said.

"This is a sign that Tasmania is well and truly open for business."

The $12 million value-added processing facility will include a large smokehouse and state-of-the-art processing and packaging machinery.

The Coalition allocated the $3.5 million as part of the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Plan.

The Coalition's $100 million Economic Growth Plan for Tasmania will provide targeted funding towards infrastructure, communications, jobs and technology as part of a comprehensive state-wide package to assist in growing Tasmania's economy.

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