WAGGA WAGGA SHOWCASED TO THE WORLD

An international delegation has been given a behind the scenes glimpse at the manufacturing technologies used to process batteries at Enirgi Recycling, as part of a three day trade mission to showcase investment opportunities in the Riverina Murray.

The delegation of 15 Consular and trade officials from 14 countries including Argentina, Germany, Ireland, Korea, Spain, Switzerland and the United States today spent the second day of tour visiting businesses in East Wagga Wagga and Bomen.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said that Wagga Wagga’s advanced manufacturing sector is a focus for the mission, with delegates engaged in briefings at Enirgi Recycling, Flipscreen and Riverina Oils and Bio Energy.

“This region is a hub for design and development, innovative research and product customisation and international investors and businesses are starting to take notice of the work we have been doing,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Our goal is to make Wagga Wagga even more attractive to local and international investors, to grow the economy and create more jobs for generations to come and the $29.18 million announced for infrastructure today, will allow businesses to thrive here.

“Manufacturing in regional NSW last year contributed a huge $6.4 billion to the local economy and currently employs around 89,600 people, and we only expect that figure to increase given the interest we are receiving from businesses around the world.”

Mr Barilaro said the trade mission is the fourth in 18 months and part of a targeted investment strategy that, along with the NSW Government’s record infrastructure investment, is making regional NSW a top choice for investors.

“To put regional NSW front of mind for these key decision makers is a fantastic opportunity and one we know will keep money flowing through towns and cities, boosting business and creating jobs,” Mr Barilaro said.

“As a direct result of previous missions, we are currently evaluating 11 investment leads with potential value of around $300 million and creating more than 400 jobs for people in regional NSW in a range of sectors including waste, energy and aquaculture.

“These will bring benefits for regional communities, helping to keep local economies ticking over, both during and out of periods of prolonged drought.”

The trade delegation will travel from Wagga Wagga to Albury later today.