Constituency question: Energy infastructure upgrades

My question is to the Minister for Industry and Employment. Will the government support Murray Goulburn’s plant expansion in Koroit? Earlier this year the processor announced plans to build a $300 million infant formula and nutritional plant in Koroit, boosting employment. Last week Murray Goulburn released a statement saying they may not invest in Koroit. My discussions with Murray Goulburn indicate the cost of connecting power, gas and wastewater to the Koroit site is a prohibiting factor. It is appropriate that government plays a role here to build and expand infrastructure which provides opportunities to grow industries, jobs and the economy.

Expansion of dairy manufacturing in areas like South-West Coast, where raw products are produced, makes perfect sense. Dairy has a strong future, and we should be backing winners. There is a growing demand for quality Australian products and Murray Goulburn already exports to 49 countries around the world. Now the government is flush with cash from the lease of the port of Melbourne, there is money available, and this type of infrastructure will enhance the much-needed manufacturing capacity in Victoria, providing growth opportunities for regional areas and easing pressure on Melbourne. Everyone wins.