Nectar Farms ploughs ahead following funding announcement

Published on 05 January 2017

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Northern Grampians Shire Council has welcomed a funding boost for Stawell’s newest development which will help to create local jobs.

Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford visited the site of Nectar Farms on Wednesday to announce a significant grant to support the company’s investment in the town.

 Mayor Cr Tony Driscoll said Council had been working closely with Nectar Farms and the Stawell Gold Mine for the past 18 months to see the hydroponics operation come to fruition.

“This is a very exciting day for the Stawell community and one that we have been working towards for some time,” he said.

“The Stawell Gold Mine has been incredibly supportive of the project since its inception including the provision of land to get it all started. With the mine announcing its transition to a care and maintenance phase, investments like this will create new employment and fantastic opportunities for local contractors.”

Cr Driscoll said the Nectar Farms development was expected to create 300 jobs in four years, with construction to begin at the end of this month.

“The company is optimistic that the total build for stage one will be completed in a little under 12 months and looks forward to harvesting its first crop in March 2018,” he said.

Nectar Farms CEO Stephen Sasse said the company valued the support of the state government and the Northern Grampians Shire Council.

“We are extremely appreciative of the support we have received from Regional Development Victoria, not just in terms of this financial contribution, but also the great work they have done to facilitate the establishment of new industry,” he said.

“We also could not have asked for a greater level of welcome, nor a greater level of tangible support from the Northern Grampians Shire Council.

“It speaks volumes for the local community that people are so committed to getting something like this off the ground.”

PHOTO: Nectar Farms CEO Stephen Sasse, Northern Grampians Shire Mayor Cr Tony Driscoll and Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford at Wednesday’s announcement.