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SA economy gets major jobs boost through regional package

  • The Coalition Government has announced the successful projects for Upper Spencer Gulf under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages

  • The eight projects will create over 500 jobs in the community, including over 300 ongoing roles

  • $19.4 million allocated by the Coalition Government to the region will leverage nearly $50 million in investment.

The Federal Coalition Government’s commitment to stimulate the South Australian economy is continuing with eight successful projects announced under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the Upper Spencer Gulf had been identified as one of 10 regions nationally under the pilot program.

“South Australia is just one of many areas nationally that is seeing significant job creation from this key initiative under the Turnbull Government,” Dr McVeigh said.

“Residents of the Upper Spencer Gulf region, including the Grey electorate, will benefit with more than 500 jobs expected to be created as a result of the Government’s $19.4 million investment.

 “We’re delivering projects like the $10.08 million Whyalla Heavy Industry Manufacturing and Services Hub.

“This great project will create 193 jobs, 169 of which are ongoing, to support key industries such as energy, mining and defence.

“We are committed to revitalising South Australia’s economy and I am delighted to see so many quality projects identified in the region.”

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the eight projects announced today had a total value of nearly $50 million for the region.

“This is a great example of how government can partner with business and community groups to drive growth, create jobs and stimulate economic activity,” Mr Ramsey said.

 “For example, the Max Cranes Wind and Renewables Sector Heavy Lift Expansion project will see the purchase of a Liebherr Telescopic 1,200 tonne Mobile Crane, allowing the region to better service the renewable energy sector, including the construction and maintenance of wind farms.

“In addition it will also allow Max Crane & Equipment Hire, the successful applicant for this purchase, to potentially expand its role in the mining and industrial sector.

“Creating new job opportunities is crucial to ensuring a strong and vibrant future for local communities in the Upper Spencer Gulf and this important government initiative will have significant long-term benefits for our region and our state,” he said.

For more information on the Government’s grant programs, visit

Media Contacts

For Dr McVeigh:                                               Clare Siddins                     0427 200 674

For Mr Ramsey:                                                Leonie Lloyd-Smith        0417 827 523


Successful Recipient


Australian Government Grant

Total Project


Max Crane & Equipment Hire (SA) Pty Ltd, Whyalla

The project is an investment in an LTM11200 crane and associated auxiliary equipment, which will be one of the largest telescopic mobile cranes in Australia. The project will provide the opportunity to secure, train and up-skill experienced and qualified personnel required to operate the machinery. The purchase of this specialised equipment will ensure the company can expand its capability in the renewables sector, predominantly around wind tower construction and future long term maintenance of the wind farms. It will also ensure greater opportunity for the business in the mining and industrial sector supporting mines including heavy industrial construction and shutdown maintenance projects.



Ice Engineering & Construction Pty Ltd, Whyalla

The project will consolidate the operations of three existing Whyalla-based heavy engineering and manufacturing companies to a purpose built heavy industry manufacturing services hub facility in Whyalla. It will bring on board state-of-the-art plant and equipment and provide specialised training to enhance capability and efficiency of these operations. The project has been designed to secure new market opportunities in key industries such as renewable energy, mining, oil & gas and defence, and position the consolidated operations for significant and sustainable revenue growth well into the future.



Whyalla Aged Care Inc, Whyalla

The project is to construct a Community Centre and first stage of a Lifestyle Village, which will provide specially designed housing and other services for retirees and people with a profound disability.

$ 3,000,000

$ 9,468,000

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