ONE of the flow-on effects of Bendigo’s growth has been unveiled.
Nationals Member for Northern Victoria Damian Drum opened a $1 million upgrade of the Hopley Recycling Plant.
Mr Drum said the State Government contributed $60,000 to the project, which included the construction of a crushing and screening processing facility.
“Due to an increase in business demand, the Hopley Recycling Plant has now been upgraded to accommodate for an anticipated growth rate of 20 per cent per annum over the next three years,” he said.
“The plant has a great significance to the local community, with more than 50 local organisations currently using the site as a drop-off point for building and construction materials.
“The upgraded plant can recycle collected commercial wastes into alternative products such as road base, as well as the longer term production of Refuse Derived Fuel which is an alternative to fossil fuels.
“The project has been a greenhouse friendly one, made use of local suppliers and contractors, and created up to six new jobs.”
Minister for Regional and Rural Development and Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said the grant was provided through the Victorian Business Flood Recovery Fund.
“This commitment from the Victorian Government is about restoring and improving the capacity of regional Victoria after the negative impact brought about from the 2010-11 floods,” he said.
“The local economy is raised through encouraging private sector investment and job creation in such regional areas.”