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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Palaszczuk Government backs $100m Swickers expansion and jobs

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Monday, September 18, 2017

    Palaszczuk Government backs $100m Swickers expansion and jobs

    The fire-ravaged Swickers Bacon Factory at Kingaroy and its sister facility near Chinchilla are launching into a $100 million-plus expansion and jobs drive, backed by the Palaszczuk Government.

    Visiting Kingaroy today, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the expansion of the factory and the SunPork Commercial Piggeries would create up to 110 new long-term jobs and up to 100 construction jobs.

    “Swickers is a wonderful example of a Queensland company capitalising on changing markets and growth opportunities,” the Premier said.

    “We have worked with Swickers since the devastating fire late last year to not only recover but to expand and create more jobs in the South Burnett region.

    “Pending a final investment decision by Swickers, the significant assistance will support a $52 million expansion that will more than double processing capabilities,”

    The Queensland Government’s Jobs and Regional Growth Fund has also offered financial assistance to SunPork Commercial Piggeries to support a two-stage expansion of their Tong Park Piggery, worth up to $50 million, pending a final investment decision by SunPork.

    The Premier said the announcement today would build on the Government’s record, working with industries, to create an extra 115,400 new jobs and increase annual exports by 53% to $68 billion.

    “Swickers is already one of South Burnett’s biggest employers with over 570 staff. The company’s expansion will see Queensland’s only export-accredited abattoir boost the capacity of both its integrated supply chain and its processing facility.

    State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said this will put Swickers at the forefront of technology and innovation and create many more local jobs.

    “Today marks another stage in Swickers’ recovery, with all workers back on site since late May lifting capacity, and construction of the new boning room and chilling facilities set to be completed soon,” Dr Lynham said.

    “This expansion supports and stimulates the long-term economic growth of Queensland’s pork industry, which has great potential for further expansion.

    “The creation of these jobs will be a good boost for the local economy, which will spin-off into indirect jobs, in transport, service and maintenance, and sales and retail staff.”

    The company has continued to operate onsite since fire destroyed the boning room, chillers and export distribution centre on 6 November 2016. About 140 staff were relocated to work at a temporary boning room at Ipswich.

    “Immediately after the fire, the Department of State Development coordinated the rapid response across government agencies to fast-track processes to bring the facility back to full capacity, including working with Ipswich City Council to set up the temporary facility and accommodation there.”

    The Queensland Government’s $130 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund is part of the government’s broader $200 million Jobs and Regional Growth Package, targeted at growing regional economies and jobs for Queenslanders.

    The fund provides one-off financial assistance ranging from $100,000 to more than $10 million in either direct grants or relief of state charges (such as payroll tax and stamp duty).

    Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier’s office) 0417 263 791

    Photos from today's visit can be viewed here.