Crucial infrastructure works to develop 46 hectares of industrial land in Casino has been given a multi-million dollar funding boost to entice new industries to town.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan and State Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis today announced $9,969,000 to provide key infrastructure, such as electricity, road access and water at its industrial precinct.
Mr Hogan said this project was about creating jobs in our region.
“Now more than ever, we need to be providing opportunities for growth in our community,” he said.
“When finished, this will drive significant economic, social and environmental outcomes for our region.”
“This funding will be a massive boost to employment in the region with 36 construction jobs required to upgrade the infrastructure, and the potential to attract many more full-time positions linked to new industries.”
Mr Gulaptis said the Casino Industries Activation Project would help create new job opportunities and help support local companies.
“By providing the necessary lead-in infrastructure, we can help support emerging industries,” he said.
“Our regional communities have been doing it tough to say the least, which is why we are backing projects that will put people back in work, retain existing jobs and stimulate local economies.”
“I would like to congratulate Richmond Valley Council on having projects that are ‘shovel ready’, this allows them to put the local economy on a path to sustainable growth.”
Richmond Valley Council Mayor Robert Mustow said the development of industrial land was important for the local economy and the region’s growth.
“This project will give Council a strong competitive advantage for companies locating to the area, in particular manufacturing businesses,” he said.
“Council will do everything it can to attract various industries to set up business in the Richmond Valley.
“The development of industrial land is yet another important step in building a strong Richmond Valley for the future, where people can expect to find good jobs closer to where they live.”
This funding will be provided through the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, co-funded by the NSW and Federal Governments.