Media Release, 28 April 2005
Regional Partnership Programme funding of $154,000 has been
granted to assist Seymour Holdings (WA) P/L produce a new frozen
product. The packing and transport Operations of its certified
organic fruit and vegetable farm will also be extended.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and
Regional Services, John Cobb, today announced that Australian
Government funds would go towards building costs and the purchase of
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Farm Expansion facilitated through Regional Partnerships funding
Press Release for NASAA, 8 May 2005
Drover's Rest Enterprises - located in Bridgetown, Western
Australia - has been granted Federal Government funding of $154,000
to assist in the $400,000 expansion of the company's organic berry
farm, moving into new frozen fruit products.
Drover's Rest already supplies fresh strawberries throughout
Australia to supermarkets, independent retailers and organic shops.
In line with its value adding strategy, the company will be aiming
to expand the product offering frozen and refrigerated fruit and
vegetable products and a gourmet line of jams, sauces and preserves.
The grant assistance will enable the company to construct Western Australia's
only dedicated fruit and vegetable processing facility for certified
organic produce. Funding will go towards building costs and the
purchase of processing equipment - with the project planned for
completion in June 2006.
"The new facility will contribute significantly to the local
economy of Bridgetown through the use of local construction
services, and increased employment opportunities in the factory and
in surrounding production areas", says Dr. Errol Seymour, Managing
Dr. Seymour is interested in hearing from growers wishing to
market 'second grade' quality produce suitable for processing.
Contact (08) 9761 2901 or email to
The new product line will include a range of fruit and vegetable
purees, retailed in refrigerated and frozen form, with minimal
processing, to retain as much as possible of the nutritional value
of the organic produce. Dr. Seymour said he is aiming at the school
and office lunch box market, as well as the home and food processing
industry. "There are some parallels to Jamie Oliver's organic food
for school in the U.K." he said.
This project is supported by funding from the Australian
Government under its Regional Partnerships Programme.
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Manjimup - Bridgetown Times, Wednesday, 11 May 2005
Drover's Rest Enterprises on Elwins
Road, Bridgetown, Western Australia, are proceeding with a $400,000
expansion of their organic berry farm, partially funded by a Federal
Government Regional Partnership grant of $154,000 announced on 28th
April 2006 by The Hon. John Cobb, Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister for Transport and Regional Services.
Dr. Errol Seymour, Managing Director of Drover's Rest, said that
this grant will enable them to construct Western Australia's only
dedicated fruit and vegetable processing facility for certified
organic produce. Drover's Rest, possibly Australia's largest organic
berry farm, already supplies fresh strawberries throughout Australia
to supermarkets, independent retailers and organic shops. He said
this new facility will be significant for Bridgetown with employment
opportunities in the factory plus potential increased employment in
surrounding areas providing produce. Dr. Seymour said that
Bridgetown was at the "centre of gravity" of organic farms in the
South West. Organic markets are growing at about 15 to 20% per
Drover's Rest will be aiming to produce frozen and refrigerated
fruit and vegetable products suitable for children's lunchboxes,
office lunches, home and commercial use, with minimum processing to
retain as much as possible of the nutritional value in organic
produce. Dr. Seymour said that there is a huge potential market for
supplying the needs of an increasingly health conscious nation. He
said there were some parallels with Jamie Oliver's initiative in the
U.K., recently supported by the Blair government, to supply healthy
food to schools, including organic fruit and vegetables. A
gourmet line of products will also be produced including jams and
preserves. Contract processing may be considered if capacity allows.
Dr. Seymour said he would use local contractors where possible to
construct the new facility, which will be completed by June 2006. He
said work will commence immediately.
Drover's Rest has appointed a local man, Daren Tassos, to the
position of Operations Manager, responsible for field and packing
shed operations, to allow the owner to concentrate on the new value
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