Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan today inspected the commencement of earthworks for the $8.2 million upgrade of the Harwood Sugar Mill and Refinery.
“This is a great project that will provide local jobs for local people,” he said.
“More than 2000 jobs exist because of the Harwood Mill and Refinery. This includes direct jobs, growers, drivers and other support roles. The upgrade was made possible by the $4.1 million Federal Government grant under the Stronger Regions Fund.
“This is a massive investment in the future of the industry which will directly benefit any one employed or associated with Harwood Mill and Refinery.
“This includes all small businesses in the region due to improved job security.”
Sunshine Sugar jointly owns and operates the Harwood Sugar Mill and Refinery, which is the only 100% Australian owned and Bonsucro-certified sustainable sugar growing, milling and refining business.
Sunshine Sugar chief executive Chris Connors said: “The grant has made a vital contribution towards the development of a $8.2 million finished goods warehouse, silo storage and packaging lines at our Harwood site.
“This development is a key piece in our strategic plan which is focused on the growth and sustainability of our business and the NSW sugar industry.”
Mr Connors said local business Lewis Quarry was awarded the earthworks contract for the large-scale project.
“Brian Lewis from Lewis Quarry presented a professional and competitive submission for the earthworks contract, making the selection of a local business that much easier and gratifying.”