Can­nery at Gran­tham

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

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.

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