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Future Jobs Fund recipients to create hundreds of jobs

Around 450 jobs will be created in Adelaide and the South East through three new projects supported by the State Government’s $200 million Future Jobs Fund.

Agri-­business Perfection Fresh has been awarded a $1 million grant and $1 million loan to construct a new $38.9 million, 8.2 hectare glasshouse and expand their operations at Two Wells, in what will be the largest facility of its kind in Australia.

Perfection Fresh supplies hydroponic tomatoes to supermarkets and grocers around Australia, with the project to create 100 jobs during construction and another 100 ongoing FTEs.

Food producer Berry Sensation has been awarded a $2 million grant towards a $34.7 million hydroponic strawberry growing facility in the South East. The project will create 80 jobs during construction and about another 138 ongoing positions.

The state-­of-­the-­art facility will be the first in the world able to grow strawberries 365 days a year. The scale of the project is so large it will increase South Australia’s strawberry production by 30 per cent, with the company planning to supply markets in Australia, Japan and South Korea.

Adelaide-­based international not-­for-­profit Connecting Up has also been awarded a $200,000 grant towards a project to provide a shared services bureau for back-­office administration to ensure disability providers can reduce costs, can continue to deliver services to South Australians with a disability and can ensure NDIS compliance.

The $200 million Future Jobs Fund was announced as part of the 2017-­18 State Budget to drive employment in key growth industries. The Fund includes $50 million in grants and $70 million in low-­interest loans to support job creation in shipbuilding and defence; renewable energy and mining; tourism, food and wine; health and biomedical research and IT and advanced manufacturing.

More than 400 SA businesses applied for grants and loans to help them create jobs. Due to the timings of projects some recipients have been awarded grants and loans early. The first Future Jobs Fund grant was awarded to Minda last month to establish a regional office in Mount Gambier.

Image Caption: Food producer Berry Sensation’s grant will go towards a hydroponic strawberry growing facility in the state’s south east.

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