Council welcomes Frewstal funding

Updated November 19 2012 - 11:07pm, first published 10:59pm

STAWELL - Northern Grampians Shire Council has welcomed a Victorian Coalition Government funding announcement that will see fifty new jobs created at Frewstal. Mayor Cr Wayne Rice said the funding boost would dramatically increase Frewstal's annual export sales and help to strengthen the local economy. "The company is investing $2 million to construct a new freezer-chiller and extend the loading area which will allow them to increase production and store product on site," he said. "Frewstal is one of Stawell's biggest employers and their exports are growing rapidly. "This funding will mean they have full control of their products right up until they are loaded for shipment overseas." Cr Rice said council had been working closely with Frewstal management to see their expansions come to fruition. "Council is providing support to Frewstal through our Business Assistance Scheme (BAS) and we are delighted by the continued growth of their operations," he said. "Funding provided through BAS has allowed Frewstal to undertake a traffic management study to examine the increased number of transport vehicles entering and leaving the site. This will be extremely beneficial to workplace safety. "Council has also supported the company to develop a strategic business plan which will guide the future growth and direction of its operations." Frewstal's workforce has continued to grow since it obtained an export licence in 2011. Its latest investment is expected to create 50 new jobs and secure the positions of 330 current employees. Simpsons in Stawell has been assisting many new Frewstal workers who have recently joined the company from interstate or overseas. Consultant Rod Sheppard said the labour hire specialists had been helping the new employees find accommodation and settle into community life. "It's really good to see all the work that is going on out at Frewstal and the positive effects it's having on local employment," he said. "We are trying to help out where we possibly can, whether it's locating accommodation for new workers or helping them to navigate their way around the town. "Some are totally new to Australian culture so it's great that we are able to make the transition easier for them. "We are very approachable and want them to feel like they can come to us at any time."