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Funding assists new projects and jobs growth

Funding assists new projects and jobs growth

Regional Development Minister, Mr Geoff Brock has injected a significant amount of money into the region, making funding announcements during this week’s State Government Country Cabinet.

Funding for Treasury Wine Estates’ Wolf Bass winery, Nuriootpa; Barossa Village, Nuriootpa; JT Johnson and Sons, Kapunda and Torbreck Vintners, Marananga has been sourced through the State
Government’s Regional Development Fund.

Mr Brock said these projects represent a substantial commitment to the region as the Regional Development Fund drives economic growth and productivity by offering grants to boost investment in regional infrastructure and to create jobs and new opportunities for the regions.

Thirty jobs will be created at Wolf Blass while there will be 15 ongoing positions at Barossa Village, nine at Kapunda’s JT Johnson and Sons and six at Torbreck which is in addition to more than 200 jobs during the construction process of these projects.

Treasury Wine Estates’ Wolf Bass winery, Nuriootpa, will receive $2 million for a major expansion.

The funding will go towards a $23 million expansion of the site, including a fit out of a new bottling  hall/warehouse as well as initial construction and installation of sparkling pressure tanks and the extension of waste water treatment facilities.

Mr Peter Taylor, Treasury Wine Estates director, wine production Australia New Zealand, said the project would help opitimise the company’s Australian wine production and packaging network.

“The choice to enhance and expand our flagship Wolf Blass Winery/Packaging precinct in the Barossa Valley was the most efficient option,” said Mr Taylor.

“This expansion will significantly improve the operation of our supply chain, and increase the amount of wine processed in the Wolf Blass packaging centre for both domestic and export purposes.”

Barossa Village will receive $824,000 for a $3 million project to construct 12 supported housing units near the aged care facility in Nuriootpa.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.