SPC site visit
I was fortunate to have been invited to tour Shepparton’s SPC factory this week, particularly to have a look at its latest tomato processing line, launched earlier this year.
This was the result of a $100million investment from its parent company Coca Cola Amatil, and the State Government.
Looking back on where the company was at that point, it’s a great reminder on the importance of buying locally made produce.
We do make the cleanest, greenest product in Australia. We should be proud of that, and look for our Goulburn Valley products on the shelves.
Dairy business assistance
Workshops and small business mentoring sessions are being made available in Strathmerton next week for those affected by the dairy crisis.
Hosted by Small Business Victoria, and Regional Development Victoria, together with local Councils, the free initiative aims to provide support for businesses in our dairy communities.
There are two options:
- A two hour Small Business Resilience Workshop, focussed on creating business resilience, and looks at how to conduct a financial health check.
- An Individual Small Business Mentoring session, which gives access to individual and confidential mentoring from an experienced mentor in a private session, following the workshops.
For further information, visit www.business.vic.gov.au
CFA dispute continues
I am arranging to meet with the new Minister for Emergency Services Minister, to go over the finer details of the latest version of the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement, and raise the concerns relayed to me by my constituents.
I remain supportive of our dedicated CFA volunteers, and I’m sad some have come out stating they are looking for options to stand alone as an independent organisation, as a result of this bitter dispute.
It’s another example of why this dispute must be brought to an end, now.
Queen’s Birthday honours
I congratulate all those who received Queen’s Birthday honours this week, particularly those in the Shepparton district.
The posthumous honour for former deputy mayor, Alan Sutherland was well deserved for his tireless efforts in the community, while Azem Elmaz is a familiar face for his tremendous effort in operating the People Supporting People soup kitchen. There are very few people like Azem, who will also close their own business, to feed emergency service volunteers in times of crisis.
I also commend Mark Rumble, for his remarkable efforts both locally and overseas, where he set up a state-of-the-art hospital in Kenya, and Ross Wilkinson who received an Emergency Services Medal after 20 years of service to the vital Shepparton Search and Rescue Squad.