Backing Local Produce And Local Jobs
The Andrews Labor Government today announced an upgrade to King Valley Dairy (KVD) to increase milk and butter production, provide a unique tourism experience, and create 10 new local jobs.
It involves the redevelopment of the former Moyhu Butter Factory and the construction of butter production rooms, and a retail and tasting area.
It will capitalise on King Valley’s strengths as a food and wine tourism destination and create a new tourism experience by providing education on butter production, tours and tastings – set to attract an additional 10,000 visitors to the region every year.
The KVD upgrade will also boost production capacity of butter and butter milk products, with the volume of milk processed set to increase from 1,500 to 9,000 litres per week.
The Labor Government has identified the visitor economy as a key driver for regional Victoria’s prosperity, with the sector contributing $11.5 billion to the regional economy and generating 114,400 jobs annually.
The Government’s $500 million Regional Job and Infrastructure Fund is supporting projects across regional and rural Victoria to build critical infrastructure, create jobs, invest in communities and support new and emerging industries.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“We’re putting people first by supporting local jobs and growing local industries like King Valley Dairy.”
“This upgrade will create 10 full time jobs – a confidence boost for the region’s tourism and the paddock to plate market that continues to thrive.”
“Companies like King Valley Dairy help to secure Victoria’s reputation as a premier producer and exporter of high quality food and fibre products.”