A new $2.3 million eco-friendly machinery, maintenance and manufacturing facility has been labelled a “transformative project” and one that will significantly benefit the agricultural sector.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, today visited Goldman Excavations in Burramine to inspect the facility, which was made possible with $967,000 of federal funding, via the Government’s Regional Jobs and Investment Packages program.

Mr Drum said the main beneficiary of the facility would be the region’s agricultural sector, which could now access world-first environmental management technology that would help avoid cross-contamination between agricultural and construction sites across the NSW-Victorian border.

“This project installed major equipment and a world-first environmental treatment wash down and sterilisation cell,” Mr Drum said.

“It will enable reverse engineering and manufacturing capabilities for extending the operational life of agricultural and excavation machinery and other mechanical components.

“I congratulate Goldman Excavations for its foresight and am proud that the Federal Government played a role in making this exciting facility a reality.”

Goldman Excavations managing director Tania Goldman thanked the Federal Government for the funding and described the facility as a “transformative project for our organisation”.

“This project is directly supporting not only the Goldman Excavations business but also the local economy via the creation of new jobs and additional services for the surrounding community,” Ms Goldman said.

The project supported seven jobs during construction and created five ongoing jobs.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the Federal Government’s $966,525 investment in regional infrastructure would allow for even further innovations around recycling solutions to flourish.

“This project will create a strategic point of difference in service delivery and facilitates a major expansion of Goldman Excavation’s recycling capabilities,” Mr McCormack said.

“Goldman Excavations remains committed to programs that improve regional employment and anticipate this investment will generate additional employment for trainees and apprentices, proving a real boon for the local area.”

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