The Morrison Government continues to grow Northern Australia with the announcement of another successful project under the Northern Australia Development Program (NADP).
Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said the NADP has been a resounding success and will provide almost $88 million (GST inc.) in funding to assist businesses tackle the unique challenges that exist in the north.
The NADP only kick starts the projects – the total value of all the projects is around $240 million.
Today, I am announcing the provision of $2.2 million (GST inc.) to help scale up Kings Quarry near Homebush, Queensland. The project – which is worth over $6.7 million, will bring significant and long lasting benefits to the region.
The funding, which will be provided to Mobile Crushing Co. Pty Ltd, will be used to replace the Quarry’s existing mobile secondary and tertiary screening and crushing plants – currently powered by diesel / hydraulic power – with new fixed electrical units.
It will also be used to install an additional dry-process manufactured sand plant to value add to the crusher dust generated by the crushing and screening plants. This will make the dust suitable to replace natural sand in some products.
“What we are seeing with this project is a vision being turned into reality – work to enable a northern business to compete with national organisations in a sustainable way – creating jobs, upskilling staff and delivering environmental benefits by reducing demand for traditional sand extraction” Minister Littleproud said.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said “The additional production from the new plant will be close to the markets that need them. This will reduce the costs for consumers and make it really attractive to buy locally as opposed to importing materials from outside the region“.
For more information on the Northern Australia grants programs and other investments in Northern Australia, visit www.infrastructure.gov.au/territories-regions-cities/regions/northern-Australia.