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The government funding will help Matthews Quarries improve productivity and employ more staff.
The government funding will help Matthews Quarries improve productivity and employ more staff.

State funding to double output, create jobs

A state government has provided funding for a quarry expansion that would increase the operation’s productivity while creating new jobs for the region.

Matthews Quarries, located at Tyers in Victoria, has received $100,000 from the Victorian Government’s $15 million Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund (LVIIF) for its $1.6 million expansion project, with the quarry operator to pay the balance.

Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources Russell Northe said the government contribution would help fund new plant and equipment that would double the quarry’s output of washed screening product to 100 tonnes per hour and cut production costs by about 30 per cent per tonne.

He stated that the new machinery would use less electricity, fuel and water per tonne of product manufactured, making it more environmentally friendly than the existing plant.

In addition to a new screening and washing plant – which would include water recycling, bins, vibrating systems, frames and conveyors – the expansion project would include a motor control centre, improved truck access, including an additional hardstand for truck loading, and an upgrade to the site’s electricity supply, allowing the quarry to operate more efficiently.

The government funding would also help to secure 29 existing jobs and create five new ones at the quarry.

“Matthews Quarries supplies rock products and raw materials for major infrastructure projects across Gippsland, particularly in the development of road infrastructure and land,” Northe explained.

“Over the past five years, Matthews Quarries has invested heavily in its business to develop it to the current level of production and employment, stimulating the local economy and growing the company.”

Investing in quarry growth
The LVIIF is part of the Victorian Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund that aims to increase jobs, investment and innovation in the state’s rural and regional areas.

Matthews Quarries is the second aggregate business to have received funding from the LVIIF, with the first being Latrobe Valley Sands, a sand quarry located in Traralgon West. Latrobe Valley Sands received $50,000 in August to help it boost production, improve water efficiency and create three jobs.

Commenting on the funding, Victorian Government spokesperson Rachel White told Quarry, “Supporting the expansion of Latrobe Valley Sands and Matthews Quarries will secure their future and help them grow.”

The expansion of Matthews Quarries is expected to reach completion by November 2015.

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