Industry and employment are expected to come to Maryvale, Victoria following the construction of a de-inked pulp plant at Australian Paper’s pulp and paper mill in the town.
The Australian Government will provide a $9.5 million grant towards the $90 million project in the Latrobe Valley.
The project will also receive support from the Victorian Coalition Government which has worked with the Australian Government to attract new investment to the region.
Expected to begin late this year, construction is expected to create 140 jobs.
This investment will increase the competitiveness of the Maryvale mill, which will support the jobs of nearly 900 workers directly employed there and over 4,000 indirect jobs which rely on the mill’s operations.
The project will also directly create 14 new ongoing jobs, as well as securing around 100 existing indirect jobs in waste paper collection, sorting and transport around Australia.
Federal Minister for Industry and Innovation, Greg Combet, said the Commonwealth Government was pleased to support this project which will create new jobs and skills and help secure Australian Paper’s operations in the Latrobe Valley.
“Australian Paper’s decision to install this plant demonstrates a commitment to cleaner manufacturing and will provide Australians with greater access to recycled paper,” Mr Combet said.
“This project is an example of the type of investment Australian manufacturers need to make to maintain their competitiveness and capture new opportunities.”