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The Victorian State Government has thrown a $22 million lifeline to SPCA this week. Now it’s up to the Federal Government to do the same;fill the $27 million gap needed to secure the long-term viability of SPCA’s operations. Federal Member for Murray Dr. Sharman Stone has penned this open letter to the Prime Minister and Federal Cabinet in an attempt to reverse the Government's decision to refuse financial support for our local SPCA operation. To add your name to the online petition, click this link: http://chn.ge/1aU2dpo
The Prime Minister of Australia & the Australian Federal Cabinet
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament HouseCANBERRA ACT 2600
Dear Prime Minister and Colleagues,
I write out of deep concern for the future of the Goulburn and Murray Valleys and the future of home grown food processing in Australia. SPCA is the last Australian fruit processor.
Over a century a network of local businesses and thousands of hectares of orchards have built up around the canneries, employing generations. Given the time and cost involved in re-establishing a tree based industry, the sector would not be re-established once orchards are gone.
SPCA and others have demonstrated that wages and conditions are not the reason for their crisis. The factors that have led to SPCA’s serious injury in recent years include the high dollar killing their exports and the flood of cheap dumped imports.
I respectfully request that you do co-invest $25 million in helping to retool the factory to make new products.
Australia has a wonderful reputation as a clean provider of quality preserved fruit. The future of food processing in Australia should be bright.
We cannot afford to gamble with over 5000 jobs and the future of this great Australian Industry. Please support SPC Ardmona.
Sign the online petition here http://chn.ge/1aU2dpo