ALMOST $7 million in federal funding could result in more than 100 new jobs in Howlong.
Member for Farrer Sussan Ley will announce on Thursday morning that the Howlong Industrial Export Precinct would receive $6,983,325 through the Building Better Regions Fund.
“The community has fought long and hard for this project and it's so great to see it delivered,” Ms Ley said.
“Key to the importance and success of this project under the Building Better Regions Fund is the enormous boost to local employment opportunities this creates for a small town, traditionally reliant on jobs from larger local centres, such as Albury.”
Federation Council Administrator Mike Eden lauded the announcement.
“The Federal government’s announcement today is incredibly exciting for Federation Council communities, and specifically the Howlong community,” Mr Eden said.
“This project will have a historic economic development benefit to the region, as well as increase business activities and a surplus of employment opportunities for Howlong and surrounds.”
Staughton Group, which comprises of Cool Off, Dried & True and Vets All Natural, managing director Edward Staughton was excited by Thursday morning's announcement.
“It’s an extremely exciting opportunity to be a party to this project, which will allow us to invest alongside the grant to continue to expand our export opportunities into the pet food sector, create new jobs and develop a world leading facility,” he said.