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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Cheers to a new mega beverage manufacturing facility in Queensland!

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Tuesday, October 02, 2018

    Cheers to a new mega beverage manufacturing facility in Queensland!

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has officially opened the new Coca-Cola Amatil bottling and warehouse facility – now the company’s largest in Australia - calling it a ‘$165 million vote of confidence in Queensland.’

    Touring the Richlands plant today, the Premier said the facility supports hundreds of jobs and would be capable of manufacturing more than 90 million unit cases of drinks for national and export markets each year.

    “Queensland has gained an international reputation as a great place to do business which is why Coca-Cola Amatil has developed this $165 million vote of confidence in Queensland,” the Premier said.

    “Queensland has low operating costs, a skilled and adaptable workforce, the lowest payroll tax in the nation, generous research and development incentives, excellent transport infrastructure close to Asia and other export links, and a dynamic and stable economy which is expected to reach three per cent growth this financial year.

    “The manufacturing giants such as Coca-Cola Amatil are recognising all that’s great about Queensland and are attracted by what my Government is delivering to develop opportunities and grow the economy.”

    Group Managing Director of Coca-Cola Amatil, Ms Alison Watkins, said the company was proud to be a local manufacturer, and to have headquartered so much of its production in the new facility in Richlands.

    “This site is the product of a nationwide search for the best possible location to grow our business,” Ms Watkins said.

    “Of all the sites we looked at, Richlands offered the strongest combination of road and port access, efficiency in production, access to east-coast markets and room to grow.

    “We also had great engagement with the Queensland Government, which was keen to support manufacturing investment and jobs.”

    The Premier said her government’s number priority was creating jobs for the future.

    “Coca Cola Amatil is a major employer in Brisbane with 600 operational jobs here at the Richlands site and 150 jobs created during construction of the new facility,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “I’m proud to say 177,500 new jobs have been created since my government took office in 2015.”

    Coca-Cola Amatil is also partnering with fellow beverage manufacturer Lion to help deliver Queensland’s first Container Refund Scheme.

    Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said the scheme, known as Containers for Change, will help reduce waste, increase recycling, and will also create funding and employment opportunities.

    “We are proud to have Coca-Cola Amatil on board with Lion to help drive the success of Containers for Change, which kicks off 1 November,” Ms Enoch said.

    Government programs to enhance manufacturing and attract major companies, such as Volvo, Boeing and Rheinmetall, include:

    • $650 million Advance Queensland initiative
    • $105 million Industry Attraction Fund
    • $40 million ‘Made in Queensland’ grants program
    • Queensland Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan

    Media contact:

    Premier’s office: Zoe Russell 0439 982 347