The Tweed is set to produce more beer and sell more avocado trees to the world thanks to strategic partnerships between local business and the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government, according to Tweed MP Geoff Provest.

“The Regional Job Creation Fund co-invests with businesses in areas like ours that want to grow and create more jobs,” Mr Provest explained.

“Craft beer production has become quite a niche in the Tweed and the Government is supporting Earth Beer in Cudgen with $140,000 towards their futuristic canning machine, so that many more people get to sample the brews and nine full-time equivalent jobs will be created at the microbrewery.”

Mr Provest said a second grant of $340,000 would go to Australia’s oldest and largest speciality Avocado tree nursery, Anderson Horticulture in Duranbah.

“An $872,000 expansion of the avocado nursery will create 17 Tweed jobs and help the family company export Tweed avo trees around the planet,” Mr Provest said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the NSW Government’s $140 million Regional Job Creation Fund is on track to create over 6,500 new direct jobs in regional NSW by helping businesses expand production and provide incentives to move operations to the bush.

“The Regional Job Creation Fund continues to attract new investment from businesses and enable economic recovery across agriculture, manufacturing and tourism industries and ensure they continue to thrive now and into the future,” Mr Toole said.

Under the Regional Job Creation Fund, eligible businesses could apply for grants to support the purchase of new equipment, expand facilities, create new iconic tourist experiences and visitor attractions or relocate businesses from out of state to regional NSW, which will lead to the creation of new jobs.

An additional $100 million for the Regional Job Creation Fund was included in the 2022/23 Budget. Further details will be available later in 2022.

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