Last Thursday I represented the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Jacinta Allan, and the Premier, John Brumby, in Camperdown where I announced $700 000 of state funding to assist in the establishment of a new dairy processing and bottling plant at the former Bonlac factory. The grant to the Aussie Farmers Direct milk processing plant is part of the Brumby Labor government’s commitment to strengthen our dairy industry and generate jobs across regional Victoria. Thirty jobs will be created this year, moving up to 100 within the next four years. This is an extremely important project for Camperdown’s development. The company knows that, the Corangamite shire knows that and they have worked well with Regional Development Victoria to bring this project to reality.
The local community is elated as it has stirred old memories as well as giving a serious positive growth sign for the future of the district. Peter Skene, the chief executive officer of Aussie Farmers Direct, who has returned to the plant after working there as a youngster, deserves to be congratulated. We hope more local people will work in the new plant like his father did for 50 years. Well done to all of those involved.