Posted by Rita Mu
Tasmanian Dairy Products is planning to open a new milk processing plant in the Tasmania’s northwest.
The state’s Minister for Primary Industries Bryan Green said the plant, which will be built on Gunns’ sawmill at Smithton, would ensure the dairy industry remained one of Tasmania’s key economic drivers.
“This is major investment in the future of Tasmania’s dairy industry and the Circular Head region,” Green said.
“It is a great opportunity for dairy farmers and will provide a huge boost for the local economy.”
The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Gregg Pollack, told ABC News Online that the new plant would create up to 75 jobs in the area.
It will also boost milk production across the state, making powdered dairy products from 150 million litres of milk a year.
According to Green, Tasmania’s dairy industry currently employs around 2,700 people and generates about $500 million in farm and factory income.
Plans to build the Smithton plant comes a few months after National Foods’ announced plans to close some of its cheese manufacturing operations across the country, including its Kings Meadows facility.
Construction of the new Smithton plant is reported to begin at the end of the year.