$3.5m funding to expand fish processing and packaging operations

Monday, 14 April, 2014

Huon Aquaculture is set to receive $3.5 million in government funding to expand its Parramatta Creek factory in Tasmania. The expansion is expected to boost employment in the region, creating 90 ongoing jobs and an estimated 100 jobs during construction.

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

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

“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.”

The Coalition allocated $3.5 million to the project under the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Plan, part of the $100 million Economic Growth Plan for Tasmania.

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