KY D-Pak owners Josie and Tony De Pasquale are celebrating a fruitful week after they received a $535000 grant from the Federal Government as part of the regional jobs and investment packages.
The grants were worth $220million nationwide, with $20million to be spent in the Goulburn Valley region.
The De Pasquales applied for the grant hopeful they would receive the funding.
‘‘We were thinking, it would be great, but you don’t want to count on it,’’ Mrs De Pasquale said.
Applications for the grant had to be accompanied by a brief rundown of the proposed project and what the company would do with the money.
The De Pasquales plan on using the money to help keep their products as fresh as possible.
‘‘We are planning to install a clamshell plastic packaging machine to securely seal fruit, eliminating airborne contaminants, and protecting its safety and freshness,’’ Mrs De Pasquale said.
‘‘All the supermarkets are now making a big shift to wanting all their products to be packaged, so in turn we have to make a shift, too.’’
Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum was in town to chat to family members and see what plans they had for the funding.
‘‘This grant is really about giving back to our local companies and producers and also creating local jobs,’’ Mr Drum said.
Now the grant has been announced, the De Pasquale family will start to mould together a plan.
‘‘It’s now time for a bit of research and further investigation — obviously you can’t start that until you actually have the money,” Mrs De Pasquale said.
‘‘We have to work out which part we would put the machine in, we have the space but it’s just working out where the best place to put it would be.’’