| May 04, 2018
Supporting a strong Shepparton region
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud visited the Shepparton region today to listen to the concerns of locals and discuss regional jobs, industry and water supply.
Minister Littleproud joined the Member for Murray Damian Drum at Varapodio Orchards, an Australian Consolidated Milk site in Girgarre and met with local irrigator group, the GMID and other individuals in the electorate.
“I’m continuing my commitment to sit at as many farmers’ kitchen tables and be in as many sheds as possible,” Minister Littleproud said.
“It is important the fruit processing industry continues to have a presence well beyond its 100 year anniversary in 2021.
“That is why the Coalition Government is investing $1 million towards the construction of a new apple and pear packing facility, creating 20 construction jobs and 30 permanent jobs once the plant is built and packing 60,000 tonnes of fruit per year.
“This and other Coalition Government investments will make sure Shepparton doesn’t just survive, but thrives.
“The region has long been known as a food bowl and to support the key fruit, livestock and dairy industries, you need water. That is why the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is so important.
“The Murray-Darling Basin Plan will secure a long term sustainable water supply to make sure this region can keep producing high quality food.
“Since becoming the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources four months ago, Mr Drum has been knocking down my door to make sure I know the big issues that face the Murray electorate, and I thank him for being a strong voice for his community.”
Member for Murray Damian Drum welcomed the Minister’s focus on the vital producing region of Shepparton.
“We were able to show the Minister around some key local employers such as Varapodio Orchards and the development of the Australian Consolidated Milk site,” Mr Drum said.
“I am looking forward to continuing to work with Minister Littleproud to ensure our local industries are protected and to make sure we continue to have fair access to the water required to keep our region going.”