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    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    Herb and seed firm plants in Mary Valley

    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

    Herb and seed firm plants in Mary Valley

    One of Australia’s leading producers and suppliers of organic herb, vegetable and garden seeds - Beautanicals Herbs and Seeds - is to put down roots in the Mary Valley.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, Jeff Seeney said Beautanicals Herbs and Seeds has taken a development lease on 3.54 hectares of land at Federal.

    “The Newman Government’s efforts to revitalise the Mary Valley are gaining momentum as Beautanicals Herbs and Seeds joins a growing list of businesses making the valley its home,” he said.

    “The addition of Beautanical Herbs and Seeds will lift full time jobs created in the Mary Valley to more than 75.

    “Beautanical Herbs and Seeds is recognised as an Australian leader in a number of herb and seed categories and will develop its project over the next six month period.

    “The company offers Australia’s largest seed variety of medicinal herbs and wants to increase its position within the home vegetable and herb growers market within the region.”

    Chair of the Mary Valley Economic Advisory Group and Member for Gympie David Gibson said the development reaffirmed the Newman Government’s ongoing commitment to return the Mary Valley to a thriving and vibrant community after it was ripped apart by the former Labor Government’s failed Traveston Dam proposal.

    “We are determined to get the Mary Valley back on track and return it to its former glory and we welcome Beautanicals Herbs and Seeds to the community,” Mr Gibson said.

    Mr Gibson said the company currently exports its herbs and seeds around the world including the United States, Spain, France, Poland and parts of Asia.

    “The Mary Valley operation, once it is in full production, is set to create up to seven local jobs that would focus on horticulture,” he said.

    Beautanicals Herbs and Seeds co-owner Mark Beaumont said after researching locations along the east coast of Australia, he considered the Mary Valley was the most moderate and reliable in terms of climate, temperature, rainfall and access infrastructure that he had encountered.

    “The essentially agricultural nature of the valley also ensures that organic farming will not be compromised in the future,” he said.

    To be a part of the registration of interest process for economic development projects visit www.maryvalleyproperty.com or call 13 QGOV (13 7468).

    [ENDS] 22 August 2013

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