Regional Grant To Boost Dairy Production In The Murray And Mallee

Regional Grant To Boost Dairy Production In The Murray And Mallee

South Australia Minister for Agriculture Leon Bignell

$2.5 Million Regional Grant For Murray Bridge Cheese And Dairy Expansion

Victor P Taffa

The State Government will invest $2.5 Million in a state-of-the-art cheese processing facility which will create more than 60 new jobs and boost dairy production in the Murray and Mallee.

“The State Government has been working around the clock to help the dairy industry and this additional $2.5 Million will provide a significant long term boost in South Australia.” Minister for Agriculture Leon Bignell said.

Beston Pure Dairies, in Murray Bridge, received the grant from the Regional Development Fund in order to expand its company from producing bulk commodity-based cheeses into a premium cheese and dairy producer for domestic and export markets.

“The expansion of the Beston Pure Dairies processing facility at Murray Bridge will help maintain the Murray and Mallee region’s dairy processing capability and increase Beston’s production capacity.” Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock said.

The $25 Million factory transformation will also create 24 jobs during construction.

“Beston’s objective is to become a producer of a diverse range of premium dairy products for both local and export markets.” Chairman of Beston Global Food Company Dr. Roger Sexton said.

The Regional Development Fund drives economic growth through grants to boost investment in regional infrastructure and the creation of jobs in regional South Australia.

Background

Beston Pure Dairies owns and operates dairy processing facilities in Murray Bridge and Jervois. It is a subsidiary company of Beston Global Food Company Limited.

Projects awarded grants through Rounds 1 and 2 of the RDF are creating 2,265 regional jobs and contributing $933 Million to the South Australian economy in 2015/16. During the life of the projects, a total of 14,389 regional jobs will be created, with a $5.6 Billion economic contribution to the state.

In the Murray and Mallee region, RDF projects from Rounds 1 and 2 are creating 554 jobs and contributing $212 Million to the economy in 2015/16.