Citrus packing shed a boost for Bindoon

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A citrus packing shed in Bindoon will deliver high-quality citrus fruits to premium export markets and create jobs.

A NEW citrus packing shed in Bindoon is expected to generate 15 long-term jobs in in the town as well as another 60 jobs in the service and supply chain.

On Friday, November 3 Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the Moora Citrus Packers shed included advanced packing technology co-funded through a state government grant to deliver high-quality citrus fruits to premium export markets.

Ms MacTiernan, who officially opened Western Australia’s largest citrus packing facility, said the Bindoon facility would create long-term jobs in the Wheatbelt.

“Fruit producers from across the region will able to use the facility to pack, cool, inspect, load and seal containers straight to port to allow access for export markets with strict biosecurity protocols,’’ she said.

WA has significantly increased its citrus exports from 500 tonnes in 2015 to 3000 tonnes so far in 2017 and this was expected to double to 6000 tonnes next year, with Moora Citrus Packers directly contributing to the increase.

Ms MacTiernan said it was time Western Australians took their premium citrus produce to the world.

“Congratulations to Moora Citrus – particularly director Sue Middleton – Niela Citrus and other partners on this facility, which will help to create job opportunities in Bindoon and across the supply chain.

“This is a fantastic example of the state government co-investment helping to drive new opportunities for our horticultural industry.’’