INDUSTRY Minister Lily D'Ambrosio has reaffirmed the State Government's pre-election commitment to support jobs and growth at the Stawell abattoir.
Ms D'Ambrosio echoed the pre-election pledge during talks and a tour of the Frewstal site in Stawell on Wednesday.
"It is the largest employer of people in the Stawell area," Ms D'Ambrosio said.
"It is very exciting because as a Government we're very committed to supporting, where we can, businesses such as Frewstal," she said.
"Businesses that have got a global vision, that have an objective to grow their business.
"I know that Frewstal has got such a plan and we're very much keen as a Government to ensure that we can create some terrific jobs in regional Victoria and partner up with businesses such as Frewstal to do just that."
Labor committed $500,000 to allow Frewstal to expand and employ an additional 30 employees in the lead up to last year's State election.
"That is something we are working on delivering," Ms D'Ambrosio said.
"It won't be too far away before we can actually tick off on that commitment," she said.
"I am really pleased to be taken on a tour of the facility and to see the terrific quality of what is produced at Frewstal and to learn more about why Frewstal is such an important business, not just to Stawell, but to Victoria."
Northern Grampians Shire Councillor Kevin Erwin said it was good to see the Minister reaffirm the State government's support for the business.
"The State Government made an election promise and it is good to see that the Minister has made the effort to come and see how things are going," Cr Erwin said.
"Frewstal is the largest employer in town. It is a hugely important industry for both Stawell and the shire.
"Frews is working at close to their maximum capacity. They are looking to expand, so any help to support that is welcome."
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