A transformational regional infrastructure project is a step closer to becoming a reality, with the Australian Government commitment of up to $20 million to support the transitioning project for the Mossman Mill.
This commitment will be delivered through the Community Development Grants program, is subject to the completion of a positive business case and a significant contribution from the Queensland Government.
Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the project will provide necessary support for a major regional project that will build long-term economic growth and create jobs in the region.
“The Mossman Mill Transition Project will unlock economic opportunities in the Mossman community and the surrounding far north Queensland region, especially for cane growers and all those industries which support the existing Mill operations,” Mr McCormack said.
“I am pleased to announce the Government’s support for this project and we look forward to considering the detail of the business case in coming weeks. This project is just a couple of steps away from receiving funding and making this part of far north Queensland even stronger and more resilient.”
“Transitioning the existing Mill into a new Bio Precinct will lead the way for the Australian Sugar industry in this part of Queensland and beyond.”
Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch was elated the project would receive this much needed Australian Government support.
“This project will not only transform the Mill, but also the region, through technology and innovation.”
“Building on the 560 jobs the Mill already supports, this transition project is expected to create an estimated 86 new long term jobs, which is a major boost for the town and region,”
“We congratulate Far Northern Milling Pty Ltd on their foresight and ingenuity. We look forward to working with them in coming months.”
Source: Australian Government