Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has this week hosted Shadow Minister for Innovation and Resources David Southwick visiting two local businesses who are at the forefront of innovating their industries in the Gippsland region.
Mr Southwick visited Flavorite and DJM Fabrications to see how local Gippsland businesses were using world best practices to deliver innovative production and manufacturing projects.
‘Flavorite is an exceptional example of a family business that has used innovative technology and practices to maximise output from primary production, minimise waste and better use natural resources such as water and gas to deliver a high quality product,’ Mr Southwick said.
‘Anywhere between 350 and 450 workers are needed at Flavorite depending on the time of year and with such a range of skills needed from pickers, to managers, agricultural specialists and even on farm trades persons this business is a great example of innovation within the agricultural industry.
‘It is amazing to see the sort of results they can deliver while minimising their need for resources such as water through their onsite water recycling facility.
‘The Victorian Coalition are committed to innovative businesses like Flavorite and I am excited that local Members such as Gary are able to help grow relationships with market leaders like this to help guide our policy framework to support the industry’s needs,’ said Mr Southwick.
Mr Blackwood said DJM Fabrications also demonstrated how local business was providing innovative projects to help deliver new investment and skilled jobs in the region.
‘DJM really are a market leader when it comes to delivering quality engineering and metal fabrication for the mechanical, civil, forestry and mining industries,’ said Mr Blackwood.
‘Often we hear of skilled workers seeking employment interstate directly within industries such as mining but DJM are a real example of leading engineering right here in West Gippsland.
‘The skilled employment they offer and project expertise will be critical as our region grows and the innovation through engineering design they deliver as machinery becomes bigger is crucial to workplace and operator safety.
‘By investing in and supporting local innovative businesses such as DJM and Flavorite we can continue to support jobs, growth and the future of our region,’ Mr Blackwood said.