Applicant Organisation Project Name Project Description Stream Project Location Grant Approved Total Project Cost
KY D-Pak Pty Ltd Auto Filler & Food Safe Punnet Packaging Line for Fruit This project will install a Plastic Packaging Machine to securely seal fruit, eliminating airborne contaminants, and protecting its safety and freshness. The packaging line will be an extension to the existing building and an upgrade of technology that will ensure production of a value added product and increased competitiveness. Business Innovation Kyabram $535,000 $1,070,000
Vic Feed Operations Pty Ltd Colbinabbin Poultry and Pig Stock-Feed Manufacturing Mill This project will construct a stock feed manufacturing mill to supply feed to the intensive poultry and pig industries. The project will include an extension to the existing Vic Feed Operations' mill, fit-out, extra storage bins and the purchase and installation of innovative stock feed manufacturing equipment for the manufacture of pig and poultry feed. Business Innovation Colbinabbin $892,303 $1,784,606
C A Group Services Pty Ltd HVAC&R Diagnostic Technology and Training Optimization Initiative This project develops the application of specialist Heating, Ventilation, Air-conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) diagnostic technology and training to reduce energy costs and consumption, as well as maintenance costs in industry in the Goulburn Valley Region. The initiative is imperative for improving the capacity of the region's export oriented industry to grow and compete on the world market and create jobs. Business Innovation Shepparton $128,750 $257,500
Greater Shepparton City Council Dookie Rail Trail - Stage 2 Dookie Rail Trail Stage 2 will provide a unique visitor experience in the Goulburn Valley. The Rail Trail will offer a short, scenic route for walkers and cyclists through a classic Australian cropping landscape. It will be a major tourism drawcard for the region and will have strong economic benefits. Local Infrastructure Dookie $275,000 $550,000
J. Furphy & Sons Pty Ltd Pillowplate Heat Exchanger Laser Welding Machine This project involves purchase and installation of a new laser welding machine that will enable production of pillowplate heat exchange panels for existing and new applications. New applications for the manufacture of panels include supply of value added panels to a Victorian company, Raygen, which will revolutionize solar thermal technology. Business Innovation Shepparton $675,000 $1,350,000
Turnbull Brothers Orchards Pty Ltd Innovative, Ultra-High-Density Cherry Orchard Protected by Rain Cover This innovative, ultra-high-density cherry orchard with new cherry varieties adds more value to precious resources, water, land and labour while boosting employment. The investment will see 3.02ha prepared with state-of-the-art irrigation. Custom-made trellis will help quadruple yield and support rain covers to stop rain damage which can wipe out entire crops. Over 12,000 trees will be planted, trained and pruned into trellised hedges. Licensed to Turnbull Brothers Orchards in Australia, six varieties with superior attributes will be harvested over six weeks. Business Innovation Tatura East $326,490 $652,981
Greater Shepparton City Council Linking Culture, Environment and People - RiverConnect Shared Paths This project will extend two of the existing shared path networks between Shepparton and Mooroopna. Route 3 is the Flats, a highly significant area which was settled by the traditional owners following the famous Cummeragunja walk off in 1939. The Flats shared path will continue the interpretive signage, explaining and celebrating the extensive contribution Yorta Yorta have made to the local and national identify. Route 5 will see a vital link to the existing shared path network along the Goulburn River to the Australian Botanic Gardens (ABGS) on the southern side of the Broken River. This will connect the Gardens to the Victoria Park Lake precinct and provide a valuble addition to tourism and recreational opportunities for visitors and locals alike. Local Infrastructure Shepparton $610,740 $1,221,480
Radnor Corp Pty Ltd as the trustee for the Radnor unit trust Creating a Stanhope Rice Milling Facility The project will upgrade a derelict mill into a modern and productive rice milling facility which employs locals, reinvigorates the rice industry in Victoria and provides a replacement product to imported rice. Radnor Corp, trading as Forbidden Foods, currently imports, manufacturers and distributes boutique rice products throughout Australia and New Zealand, and re-exports value added rice products to the UK, US, Ireland and Singapore. The ultimate aim is to become fully vertical, supporting existing farmers and re-establishing the Victorian rice industry to produce a Victorian grown rice which is milled, packaged and distributed to high-end outlets across the country and the export market. Business Innovation Stanhope $209,400 $630,400
Symbiopro Pty. Ltd. Enhanced Organic Waste Conversion and Protein Recovery Facility Symbiopro is deploying an innovative technology to bio-convert low value organic waste into high value protein based animal feeds for the livestock and pet food markets, as well as natural fertiliser for agriculture. The project will conduct a full feasibility study of a Symbiopro facility for the Goulburn Valley region, including local waste material feasability testing, product output trials and tailored engineering design. Successful completion of this feasibility study will lead towards structuring of a capital raise for this facility. This facility will provide numerous economic, social and environmental benefits, both in the short and long term for the Goulburn Valley. Business Innovation Girgarre $100,000 $200,000
Kinglake Distillery Pty. Ltd. Expansion of Existing Whisky Distillery The project will expand the production, storage capacity and tasting room of an existing whisky distillery. This will provide sufficient product to prepare for the export market and to offer a contract distilling service. It will also boost the profile an important Kinglake tourist attraction. Business Innovation Kinglake Central $150,600 $301,200
Indigo Shire Council Refurbishment of the Beechworth Railway Goods Shed This project involves the refurbishment of the Beechworth Railway Goods Shed into a multi-purpose commercial space to complement the railway station precinct and adjacent rail trail. The re-activated Goods Shed will be a vital link as the entry point to two legs of the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail. The $6 million leg from Beechworth to Yackandandah is expected to begin construction in 2018. It is expected that with cycle-related businesses and other enterprises such as the Beechworth Food Co-op situated at the Goods Shed, the project will generate a significant boost to the economy of Indigo Shire and create jobs. Local Infrastructure Beechworth $230,000 $460,000
Westmont Aged Care Services Limited Scoping the Skills and Training Needs of Rural Aged Care Workers The demand for an appropriately skilled and committed aged care (AC) workforce in rural areas has escalated over decades. Workforce estimates indicate a worsening of the current situation due to the ageing and imminent retirement of a large number of community AC workers. The care needs of a growing population of community-living elders are more complex given the high prevalence of multiple and chronic physical and cognitive conditions among this group. Industry and policy demands for high quality and cost-effective care into the future are threatened by projected workforce and skill shortfalls as well as by dissatisfaction with current training courses. The project seeks to profile how this problem manifests within the Goulburn Valley region and to develop future training. Skills and Training Baranduda $25,500 $51,000
Wine by Sam Pty Ltd as trustee for the Plunkett Dunwoodie Family Trust Winery Fermentation & Maturation Capacity Expansion This project will increase the winery processing and storage capacity. This will include the purchase of new Australian made wine tanks and catwalks, and fitting out an existing building with overhead plumbing linking to the main cellar. This increase will support the region's vineyards, from which the fruit is sourced, and increase the capacity of the winery by around 12%. The wine produced by Wine by Sam is sold in Australia and overseas. The winery is currently at capacity, with demand, including to new export markets, unable to be met. Business Innovation Seymour $99,800 $199,600
Moira Shire Council Yarrawonga Tourism Trail project This project, along the iconic Yarrawonga Foreshore overlooking Lake Mulwala, will fill two critical gaps that exist in the 5km tourism trail from Yarrawonga CBD to the Silverwoods Golf course complex. Works include construction of a shared pathway along an 800m section of River Road and foreshore development of The Point further to the East. Works at The Point include the development of shared pathways, a boardwalk, jetties, retaining wall and viewing platforms as well as landscaping. Once complete, this tourism trail will provide safe, off road passage offering picturesque and uninterrupted views across Lake Mulwala for the thousands of tourists who visit the region each year. Local Infrastructure Yarrawonga $2,700,000 $5,412,000
Ryan Meat Company (No 2) Pty Ltd as trustee for Ryan Meat Trust Export Value Add Project This project will involve the construction of a new value add process line, including a building fit-out and equipment installation. The project will allow the company to produce a new, niche product and add new employees. This will allow the company to access new international markets. Business Innovation Nathalia $445,500 $891,000
J.N. & R. Engineering Pty Ltd CNC Technology and Export Expansion Project This project will increase the production capacity and technological capability of J.N. & R. Engineering Pty Ltd to manufacture the highest quality of components for its agricultural machinery in-house. It will increase direct employment and sales in the region, and will provide quality control for major export growth to the North American market. Business Innovation Kyabram $554,589 $1,109,178
Australian Consolidated Milk Pty Ltd Dairy Manufacturing Facility: Project Horizon Project Horizon will create a state of the art dairy manufacturing facility producing a range of dairy products from retail and food service, butter, cream, milk powder & fresh milk. These products will be made from both convention and organic milk which will be sourced from dairy farmers all over Victoria and transported to our manufacturing facility in Girgarre Victoria. This project will not only support primary producers who are the backbone of our region, but with security over milk supply it will also provide the Goulburn Valley with the economic optimism it requires, with companies continuing to invest through large scale manufacturing in the area to create value and jobs. Business Innovation Girgaree $2,500,000 $60,950,000
CB & EM Hall Pty Ltd as trustee for the CB & EM Hall Family Trust Putting Echuca Podiatry's Best Foot Forward The Putting Echuca Podiatry's Best Foot Forward project will acquire and develop an advanced podiatry facility to accommodate the growing innovative business of Echuca Podiatry, including fit-out, equipment purchase and installation to allow for doubled full time employment. Business Innovation Echuca $263,650 $778,650
A & T Goldman Pty Ltd Eco-Friendly Machinery Maintenance and Manufacturing Facility Andrew Goldman Excavations is investing in a state of the art, purpose designed facility for the manufacturing, maintenance, repair, overhaul and environmental wash down of infrastructure machinery. Located in the Cobram region, ideally placed to support major infrastructure projects and agricultural producers across both NSW and Victoria, this facility will provide world first, leading edge environmental management technologies engineered to avoid cross contamination between agricultural and construction sites. Business Innovation Burramine $966,525 $1,933,051
Burder Industries Pty Ltd Laser Cutting and Increased CNC Capacity to Reduce Reliance on Imports Burder Industries engineers agricultural products at its Wangaratta factory in support of the Australian farming industry. The project will upgrade its technology through acquisition of a new Fibre optic Laser, CNC machine and Robotic Welder including fit-out. These machines will give Burder the capability to manufacture its own hydraulic cylinders and laser cut components. This will open up new markets with the additional capacity created. Business Innovation Wangaratta $1,532,011 $3,064,022
F.J. Lenne Pty Ltd New Apple and Pear Packing Facility This project consists of the construction of new warehouse and office buildings along with the installation of new apple and pear grader and packing equipment. The intended outcome of the new facility is to increase production capacity by 100% of the current production levels. This will allow the business to produce an estimated 60,000 tons of packed fruit per year to meet existing and new demands by both domestic and export markets. It will also support the local community by creating more local jobs and providing more opportunities to local growers, which will now have greater ability to access these markets. Business Innovation Ardmona $1,050,000 $7,000,000
Aqua-Tec Fluid Systems Pty Ltd Electrical Switchboard Manufacturing Facility This project will construct a facility on existing land to manufacture switchboards, allowing the company to pursue national markets it currently cannot access due to the costs of outsourcing switchboard builds. Business Innovation Shepparton $290,500 $581,000
Starkbrau Pty Ltd Visitor Experience and Brewery Production Expansion for Growth This project will create the marque brewery visitor experience centre in Victoria's High Country, and allow an expansion of a state of the art brewery facility. The Venue and Brewery will drive tourism to the area through education, events and experiences. Expansion of the manufacturing of beer will generate employment, increase production capacity and efficiencies, improve beer quality and increase the national distribution footprint as well as open up export growth opportunities. Business Innovation Beechworth $307,500 $615,000
Australian Paddlesteamers Pty Ltd Enhanced tourism capacity for the Murray River Paddlesteamers fleet The Murray River Paddlesteamer project will invest in 4 key areas
  1. a capacity and feature enhancement to the PS Emmylou to enable an all year 4 star boutique style service;
  2. acquisition of a shuttle bus to create new services;
  3. an extensive accompanying tourism engagement plan; and
  4. a feasibility study into a locally designed and built new Murray River Paddlesteamer.
This project will create a unique destination for increasing visitation, encouraging extended stay lengths and enhancing visitor experience. It will provide additional services to support other local businesses with transport to historical, sporting, winery and farmgate locations.
Business Innovation Echuca $200,000 $400,000
Wangaratta Rural City Council Construction Wangaratta Aerodrome Infrastructure This project will provide infrastructure that will support the expansion of Avionics businesses and attract Aeronautical tourism companies to the Rural City of Wangaratta. Local Infrastructure Wangaratta $413,500 $827,000
Wodonga City Council CBD Tourism Cycling Links The CBD Tourism Cycling Links project will establish a much needed CBD link from Osburn Street to Whytes Road, which connects with the High Council Rail Trail, a 30km trail along the foreshore of Lake Hume and one of the most spectacular trails in Australia. Local Infrastructure Wodonga $594,550 $1,189,100
Shepparton Motor Museum and Collectibles Ltd Construction of the Shepparton Truck & Transport Museum and Events Hub The Shepparton Truck and Transport Museum and Events Hub will showcase the Goulburn Valley's rich history and heritage centred on trucking, transport and agriculture. Visitors will be engaged through interactive multimedia and fixed displays, along with curated exhibitions depicting the settlement, growth and establishment of the Goulburn Valley as a major national transport hub and one of the Nation's leading food bowls. This project builds on the success of the Shepparton Motor Museum and Collectibles which has been founded and built by the community in partnership with the private sector. The dedicated Museum and outdoor covered events space will bolster the region's cultural tourism offering along with events capability. Local Infrastructure Kialla $2,500,000 $5,000,000
Mansfield Shire Council Mansfield Station Precinct Activation Project The Mansfield Station Precinct Activation Project is an opportunity to provide the blueprint for a vibrant tourism and hospitality hub at the entry to Mansfield Township that will be an important contributor to the local and regional economies. It is anticipated to provide local ongoing jobs particularly around the hospitality and tourism sector and provide a net economic benefit to the town and region through the flow on effects of increased tourism activity. The precinct is home to the start of the Great Victorian Rail Trail and offers itself as an opportunity to incorporate and build upon bicycle tourism in the area. The project seeks to provide a feasibility study that compliments a masterplan with conceptual sketches. Local Infrastructure Mansfield $50,000 $100,000
Rubicon Systems Australia Pty. Ltd Increased Production Capacity for FlumeGate Technology Rubicon are world leaders in the market for production of smart water technology for the agricultural sector. This project plans to increase Rubicon's production capacity through the purchase of an additional piece of machinery for aluminium extrusion machining that will be more efficient, faster and have additional functionality. The project scope includes purchase of the machine, building fit-out, equipment installation and training of staff. Business Innovation Shepparton $575,076 $1,150,152
Campaspe Shire Council Development of an enhanced model of aged care for the Rochester district The project will support the development of a better model of aged care by completing a feasibility study to identify an appropriate delivery model for assisted living accommodation. This project will determine the demand for, and community and stakeholder interest in, an innovative aged and disability housing complex, located on land adjacent to Rochester and Elmore District Health Service, which will enable people to live longer and independently within the community. Development of these units will provide an option not currently available in the Rochester district, therefore enhancing the care models for both aged and disabled clients. Local Infrastructure Echuca $51,250 $102,500
No Bull Milk Processing Pty Ltd No Bull Milk Processing Cohuna Plant This project will support the construction of a start up, state of the art milk processing plant in Cohuna. Although it falls just outside the border of the Goulburn Valley region the economic benefit to the the region is enormous. Jobs will be created in the region, whilst more than half of the dairy farmers providing milk come from the Goulburn Valley region. Business Innovation Cohuna $634,204 $1,268,410

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