Fruit-packing grant to boost jobs
TROPICAL Fruit World will create five new jobs after receiving $1 million from the New South Wales government.
Duty MLC for Tweed Amanda Fazio announced the funding yesterday to help expand the Duranbah facilities.
“This Regional Business Development Scheme will help this family-owned company invest the $1 million on a new on-farm produce packing, a processing facility and an upgrade to its power supply,” Ms Fazio said.
“This well-known business already employs 28 people and as a major Tweed tourist attraction it helps provide indirect employment for many more.”
The new procession facility will include a fresh fruit washing, grading, weighing and packing line; a leaf processing and drying room, a commercial kitchen for processing fruit and producing jams and sauces, and cryovac packaging equipment.
Tropical Fruit World will use the new facility to undertake contract packing, especially for local avocado growers.
“The company operates an on-site cafe and sells food and giftware, including two of its own products – a skin-care range using avocado oil and a range of jams and condiments manufactured from fruits grown on the farm,” Ms Fazio said.
The Duranbah-based business already grows more than 500 varieties of sub-tropical fruit.
Tropical Fruit World managing director Judith Brinsmead said they welcomed the $1 million investment.
“The new facilities will also add another dimension to our attractions for tourists,” Ms Brinsmead said.
“About 100,000 domestic and international visitors tour the business each year.”