Hooray for SPC

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

A VERY heart­en­ing piece of news has just ap­peared in a Ru­ral Weekly point­ing out SPC, the Shep­par­ton Pre­serv­ing Co, the last big Aus­tralian fruit pro­ces­sor is firmly back in pro­duc­tion af­ter some years of tee­ter­ing on the brink of clo­sure. The Vic­to­rian Govtern­ment has in­vested $22 mil­lion and the par­ent com­pany $78 mil­lion to mod­ernise the plant and make it more ef­fi­cient to com­pete with over­seas im­ports es­pe­cially Ital­ian tomato prod­ucts. Pub­lic sup­port has kept the plant go­ing with some shop­pers pay­ing al­most dou­ble in a show of pa­tri­o­tism. With up to 5000 jobs at stake the fu­ture is now more se­cure with pro­duc­tion speeds in­creased with mod­ern ma­chin­ery. Al­though prices may still be a lit­tle more than the over­seas competition for those who can af­ford the extra you can be se­cure in know­ing that you are help­ing to keep our econ­omy strong and I ap­plaud you. LESTER ROY Bundaberg

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