New local jobs will be created with the expansion of Oneva Holdings’ Macadamia facility at Alstonville, the Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said.
“This time last year I announced a grant of almost $150,000 to kick-start the expansion that will create new local jobs,” he said.
“It was great to visit the site today to see the construction work being undertaken. Once complete the company will sell its Macadamia nut-based cheese product to both the domestic and international markets.
“It will produce a Macadamia nut-based cheese product using fermentation and related plant-based ingredients for vegan and lactose intolerant consumers.
“This means potentially higher prices for macadamia farmers. The company is also working with North Coast TAFE to train its local workforce.
“The $300,000 project includes a purpose-built extension to the existing facility with automated plant and equipment.”
Oneva Holdings Director Stuart Picken said work was well progressed on the expansion.
“We are really excited about value-adding to our local produce and selling it around the world as well as here in Australia,” he said.