Cannery at Grantham
ONE Nation has promised a food processing plant at Grantham should they win the next Queensland election or hold the balance of power in government.
Candidate for the Lockyer Valley, Jim Savage, said establishing the cannery would solve two regional dilemmas: produce oversupply and job creation.
“With the closure of two large manufacturers in Ipswich, the Churchill Abattoir and Steggles, a lot of those guys will be handed redundancies at Christmas time and looking at a stark future,” he said.
“I know beetroot growers who are now driving trucks who have said to me that if that cannery gets up and running, they’ll go back to farming.
“It’s not just in the Lockyer Valley but pineapple growers and other growers who will have guaranteed markets for their products.”
Mr Savage said his party would commit $30 million to establish the cannery with private enterprise to pay for the rest of the $100 million proposal.
He hoped the project would boost regional job opportunities and economic growth, and along with other plans to expand dam capacities, would maximise the Lockyer’s vegetable output.