The South Australian economy is set to see a major jobs boost through a multi-million dollar regional investment package made by the federal government.
A total of eight projects have been approved for the Upper Spencer Gulf, creating over 500 jobs in the community and 300 ongoing roles.
Of the $19.4 million allocated by the coalition, Port Augusta will see a generous slice of the pie.
Nearly $8 million will be dished out to local businesses, Max Crane and Equipment Hire, the Bungala Aboriginal Corporation and Peats Soil and Garden Supplies in Stirling North.
Federal Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the Upper Spencer Gulf had been identified as one of 10 regions nationally under the pilot program.
“We are committed to revitalising South Australia’s economy and I am delighted to see so many quality projects identified in the region.” Minister McVeigh said regarding the announcement.
With the total project value estimated at $47.5 million for the region, federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey echoed the Ministers sentiments.
The $4.75 million investment in Max Crane will help the company to purchase one of the largest telescopic mobile cranes in Australia.
“This is a great example of how government can partner with business and community groups to drive growth, create jobs and stimulate economic activity,” Mr Ramsey said.
“For example, the Max Cranes Wind and Renewables Sector Heavy Lift Expansion project will see the purchase of a Liebherr Telescopic 1,200 tonne Mobile Crane, allowing the region to better service the renewable energy sector, including the construction and maintenance of wind farms.”
The project will also provide the opportunity to secure, train and up-skill experienced and qualified personnel required to operate the machinery.
“Creating new job opportunities is crucial to ensuring a strong and vibrant future for local communities in the Upper Spencer Gulf and this important government initiative will have significant long-term benefits for our region and our state,” Mr Ramsey said.
Peats Soil and Garden Supplied were successful in receiving a $2.7 million grant for construction of an Advanced Composting Facility which will accept green organic and food waste, digest the waste using Anaerobic Digestion, and produce both Biogas for sale into the grid.
The compost product will also be sold to surrounding agricultural markets for soil improvement.
The Bungala Corporation have been granted $75,000 to help with the Mobile Catering Business that will provide food and beverages for purchase by over 350 workers during construction of the Bungala Solar Farm via a food van service.
Supporting the local energy sector, this project will also create employment opportunities for members of the Aboriginal community in Port Augusta, particularly women and those on the Work for the Dole scheme.