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    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    More jobs for the regions under new grants scheme

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Wednesday, July 25, 2018

    More jobs for the regions under new grants scheme

    The Palaszczuk Government is injecting $10 million into the agricultural sector and supporting rural communities through its newly-developed Rural Economic Development (RED) Grants Program.

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner said job creation was a number one priority for the government and the RED scheme would be a major boost for rural and regional agricultural businesses that work along the agriculture supply chain and provide local employment opportunities.

    “As I travel around regional Queensland many producers and business operators tell me they want to take their enterprise to the next level,” Mr Furner said.

    “These new grants will help them to realise that dream.

    “When we went to the last election, we committed to providing this $10 million in funding for the express purpose of strengthening our iconic agricultural sector.

    “We are now making good on that promise.

    “This initiative is another demonstration of the Palaszczuk Government working in partnership with business and industry to achieve our shared goal of a strong economy and jobs growth.”

    Minister Furner said the RED grants will be available up to $250,000, with a matching contribution from the successful applicant to be provided.

    “QRIDA will administer this scheme, which is expected to begin next month when QRIDA will start accepting applications,” he said.

    “We specifically want to help those enterprises that add value to agricultural products, help to develop new markets, and partner with other businesses to expand job opportunities.

    “We’re also targeting those businesses that improve energy-use efficiency, including moving to renewable energy sources, and boost productivity through technologies that improve internet connectivity.

    For further information call 13 25 23 or visit www.daf.qld.gov.au

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