Report. A final report from the Circular Head Regional Economic Development Working Group has been released.
Established in May last year in response to the closure of the Murray Goulburn factory at Edith Creek, the group received $1.5 million to go towards retraining opportunities.
The final report shows of the 115 employees at the factory, 93 workers have since found new employment. A further 22 former employees are receiving ongoing support to retrain or up-skill.
Overall 23 specific support programs were established under the stimulus package and nine programs will continue to provide ongoing support.
A further 15 projects will receive close to $516,000 in funding following the release of the report on Monday.
Two new programs, the Greater Circular Head Enterprise Grants and Circular Head New Markets Access, have created 28 full time positions and fostered more than half a million dollars in private investment in the region.
Through the latter program Red Cow Organics will receive $7500 to go towards expanding operations particularly through its new organic product line; Circular Head Tourism Association will receive $20,000 to develop marketing strategies to encourage visitors to stay longer, spend more and make the most of their time in the region.
A further $20,000 will go to Tarkine Edge to expand into international free-range pork export markets; $20,000 to Tall Timbers Tasmania for planning and assessment of a proposed new five star hospitality venture in Stanley; $6000 to Bolduans Bay Oysters to diversify operations including through the re-brand of the business to Tarkine Fresh Oysters; $3750 to CHTA in conjunction with Circular Head Council, Circular Head Progress Group, Stanley Chamber of Commerce and Smithton Retail Group to maximise cruise ship visitors; and Hill Farm Preserves will receive close to $16,500 to complete a suite of new premium product labels and reposition the company into both retail and online markets.
Through the Greater Circular Head Enterprise Grant program, Red Cow Organics will expand cheese production and increase off-island sales with $46,000 in funding; JST Abalone will return the facility to its former full productive capacity by upgrading and re-instating infrastructure with $150,000 in funding; and Korpershoek Bros will receive $63,000 to diversify, increase production and vegetable processing capacities.
Business and training development projects include The NextGen 2018 ($9750), Circular Head Marketing Development Mentoring Program ($20,000), Circular Head Tourism Industry Development Program ($1697) and Circular Head Business Incubator Program ($24,340).
To see the full report, go to www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au.