Australia’s biggest producer of ginger is set to create more job opportunities in the Mary Valley region, with Templeton Farming Enterprise (TFE) signing a development lease for 223 hectares of land.
This deal could provide opportunities for apprenticeships in Queensland, creating around 14 full-time jobs and as many as 28 seasonal jobs for the region.
Deputy premier and minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said this was a “huge win” for the Mary Valley region and the local community.
“This deal will take the full-time job creation count for the region to more than 50 between three economic development projects now secured for the Mary Valley,” Mr Seeney said.
“The Templeton family, who have been growing ginger on the Sunshine Coast for three generations, plans to establish a new farming operation on three lots at Tuchekoi Road, Bollier, and produce 800 tonnes of ginger and 5,500 tonnes of sugar cane by 2018.”
Mr Seeney said his department has worked with TFE to include key milestones in the development lease including issues around infrastructure, the planting and harvesting of its ginger crop and irrigation in the two-year development lease.