Let’s all follow Fon­terra’s lead

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS - By Lach­lan Durl­ing

THE Stan­hope and district devel­op­ment com­mit­tee is call­ing for more in­dus­try to come into the strug­gling town.

This comes as Fon­terra an­nounced a fund­ing boost which will see the plant dou­ble in size.

Devel­op­ment com­mit­tee sec­re­tary Bob Holschier said the com­mit­tee wants to see smaller in­dus­tries who can pro­vide ad­di­tional jobs for lo­cals in the area.

“It gives us a huge amount of con­fi­dence that Fon­terra is go­ing to be here for a very long time,” he said.

“How­ever the town has to get be­hind it, at this point in time there is a lack of com­mu­nity sup­port for projects.

“Our town is strug­gling and any­thing that Fon­terra does will help us along.”

The com­mit­tee would like to see more in­dus­try mov­ing into the town and of­fer­ing jobs to lo­cals.

“De­vel­op­ments like these bring a lot of money into the town which is a re­ally good thing but we need sup­port­ing in­dus­tries around which aren’t in the cheese busi­ness,” Mr Holschier said.

“We have ideas about what could be done with the town — and they’re all pos­si­bil­i­ties but they need en­cour­age­ment and some sup­port from the shire.

“Fon­terra is set­ting the pace but we need sup­port to en­cour­age peo­ple into the town.”

How­ever Mr Holschier said for the time be­ing the com­mit­tee is fo­cus­ing on at­tract­ing out-of-town buy­ers who may not re­alise the convenience of Stan­hope liv­ing.

“Stan­hope is a very cen­tral town, it’s close to Shep­par­ton and Echuca and also Rush­worth and Kyabram from the south and north,” he said. “Ac­cess is ex­cel­lent but the town doesn’t seem to at­tract the at­ten­tion it de­serves.

“We need more young fam­i­lies to move into the area but a ma­jor con­cern for young fam­i­lies is the avail­abil­ity of jobs.

“But for a town such as Stan­hope it’s so cen­tral, peo­ple can travel and it’s not that far.”

Stan­hope and district devel­op­ment com­mit­tee sec­re­tary Bob Holschier with a colour­ful char­ac­ter.

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