Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan today officially opened the $6 million expansion of Summerland Farm.
“Summerland Farm approached me a few years back with a need to upgrade their Alstonville facility,” Mr Hogan said.
“This upgrade will create more local jobs for people with a disability through increased agri-tourism.”
“I was able to secure more than $4.5 million Federal Government funding for this project, this is a fantastic outcome for our community.”
“The project has expanded existing facilities at Summerland Farm, better serving the regions’ macadamia industry through upgraded dehusking and sorting facilities and developing a nationally significant tourism experience.”
“This included integrating existing horticulture activities into the tourism experience, showcasing the regions’ produce through an edible arboretum, a farmyard animal barn, farm-themed play and educational attractions and equipment. There has also been upgrades to parking, the road network and amenities.”
Executive Director Businesses of Aruma, Brett Lacey said this is a transformational project for the site and indeed the region.
“The team is incredibly excited by this new development,” Mr Lacey said.
“We have the privilege of employing 100 employees with a disability at the farm, and with this funding we’re thrilled to be able to create an additional 35 employment opportunities.