Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker visits blueberry farmer Gary Atwal at his Sandy Beach property.
Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker visits blueberry farmer Gary Atwal at his Sandy Beach property.

8500 new jobs added in Coffs-Grafton by 2019: Hartsuyker MP

EMPLOYMENT growth and a drop in the regional unemployment rate shows Federal Government investment is paying dividends, according to The Nationals Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker.

"Department of Employment figures show jobs growth in the Coffs Harbour-Grafton area will be among the strongest of any region in Australia over the next five years," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"The forecast is employment in the Coffs Harbour-Grafton area will increase by 13.2% over the five years to November 2019.

"This equates to 8,500 new jobs.

"The projections also forecast solid jobs growth of 8.8% in the Mid North Coast region, which takes in the Nambucca Valley, Kempsey, and Port Macquarie.

"Separate figures also show unemployment in the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area fell to 5.9% in the March 2015 quarter and also fell in the Clarence, Bellingen, and Nambucca Local Government Areas."

Mr Hartsuyker said the $7 billion investment in the Pacific Highway duplication is reaping rewards for the North Coast economy.

"This week the Government also signed a new Free Trade Agreement with China, which will deliver new opportunities to local industries including blueberries, dairy, beef, and services," he added.

"Tariffs on Australian berries will be abolished over the next four years, opening up the Chinese export market for our local berry crop.

"Dairy producer Norco will also benefit with local fresh milk exports to China expected to exceed three million litres in the next financial year."



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