Fund­ing a fil­lip to SW drink firm

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - TARI JEF­FERS

Lower South West juice cre­ators NewLeaf Or­chards has received $150,000 in State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing to in­crease pro­cess­ing ca­pac­ity and en­ter new prod­uct mar­kets.

The non-al­co­holic juice busi­ness was one of 24 suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tions that will share in $4.2 million awarded through round two of the Value Add Agribusi­ness In­vest­ment At­trac­tion Fund.

NewLeaf own­ers Kate and Dave Baker said it was great to see State Gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives en­cour­ag­ing the growth of small fam­ily busi­nesses in re­gional Aus­tralia.

“NewLeaf Or­chards’ suc­cess is a tes­ta­ment to the con­tin­ued sup­port we’ve received over the last eight years from the lo­cal com­mu­nity, farm­ers and re­tail­ers,” Mrs Baker said.

“There is no ques­tion high qual­ity pro­duce helps to cre­ate a high qual­ity prod­uct and we’re in­cred­i­bly lucky to be liv­ing in this beau­ti­ful part of the Aus­tralia.

“We are de­lighted to have received fund­ing that will help con­tinue to show­case our re­gion for what it is — world class.”

The aim of the grants is to sup­port re­gional ex­pan­sion, di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion, re­duc­ing risk and im­prove tech­nol­ogy in­vest­ment ac­tiv­i­ties.

Grants are ex­pected to gen­er­ate a co-in­vest­ment of $9.9 million and cre­ate an es­ti­mated 150 jobs in the re­gions.

Agri­cul­ture and Food Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan said the breadth of projects which had been suc­cess­ful un­der the fund­ing round was tes­ta­ment to the di­ver­sity, in­ge­nu­ity and com­mit­ment of food and bev­er­age pro­duc­ers in Western Aus­tralia.

“The grants will en­able these busi­nesses to more con­fi­dently in­vest in new projects, tech­nol­ogy or ex­pan­sion op­por­tu­ni­ties,” she said.

“We are pleased to see there have been strong out­comes from the first round of this fund in bring­ing for­ward in­vest­ment in our re­gions, sub­se­quently help­ing busi­nesses ex­pand and em­ploy more peo­ple.”

There is no ques­tion high qual­ity pro­duce helps to cre­ate a high qual­ity prod­uct and we’re in­cred­i­bly lucky to be liv­ing in this beau­ti­ful part of the Aus­tralia. NewLeaf Or­chards co-owner Kate Baker

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