Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent has announced that Australian Paper in Maryvale will receive $2.5 M in funding as part of the Latrobe Valley Local Jobs and Infrastructure Package.
“The money is being delivered under the Community Development Grants Programme for Australian Paper’s Energy from Waste Planning and Development project. This funding delivers on the the Australian Government’s commitment to the region,” Mr Broadbent said.
“The project will deliver planning, preliminary designs and cost estimates for the potential construction of a waste plant that would turn hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste into power. It’s something could be operational within four years, creating hundreds of extra jobs locally.”
Australian Paper expects that about 800 people would be employed to build the facility, which would provide 46 full-time jobs in the region.
The project is expected to save about 500,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually at the mill.
Mr Broadbent has long been advocate for Australian Paper, urging – along with Member for Gippsland Darren Chester – exclusive use of the company’s recycled paper by Federal Government departments and member’s offices.