Dairy

Drum hopes new Girgarre factory will boost milk price

By Rodney Woods

The new Australian Consolidated Milk processing factory at Girgarre is still on track to be completed by the end of September according to the company’s chief operating officer Jason Limbrick.

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum and Federal Agricultural Minister David Littleproud toured the site on Thursday after recently providing funding for northern Victoria’s newest milk factory.

‘‘That will go straight into plant and equipment,’’ Mr Limbrick said.

‘‘It’s great to have the support of the Federal Government and to have them out to see the work being done in country Victoria.’’

He said more and more staff would locate to the site in the coming months.

‘‘There will be progress from now right through to September when the commissioning happens.

‘‘It will be a hive of activity on site from now on,’’ he said.

Mr Drum said it was great to see investment in the dairy industry during what was a difficult period for farmers.

‘‘It’s fantastic, especially in really tough times for our dairy industry,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s great to see a private sector business is now investing $60million of their own money in another dairy plant that’s then going to recreate further competition — and hopefully all of this leads to a better farm gate price for our dairy farmers.’’