Premier Jay Weatherill will today open the Blue Lake Dairy Group’s processing plant at Tantanoola in the State’s South East.

The plant’s official opening is the first milestone in a two-stage expansion planned by the Chinese-owned company.

Stage one will enable the production of 20,000 tonnes of infant and adult formula, using powdered milk.

When full production at the plant starts in coming months, the number of employees will increase from 24 to 60.

Background

Blue Lake Dairy Group was formed in 2015, and its $65 million project at Tantanoola comprises two stages.

Stage two is expected to involve a new $50 million factory to convert milk into powder and create an additional 90 jobs.

Investment Attraction South Australia (IASA) has helped Blue Lake Dairy Group through each critical stage of the development.

IASA helped the company navigate the relevant planning and development processes, access training subsidies, and worked closely with the Dairy Authority of South Australia to expedite licensing and accreditation for the production of infant formula.

Since October 2015, IASA has assisted 16 companies, created more than 5000 jobs for South Australians and generated more than $1 billion worth of investment.

Quotes attributable to Premier Jay Weatherill

We applaud the Blue Lake Dairy Group for its decision to invest in South Australia’s South East. It’s a decision that is expected to provide significant economic benefit to the economy of Millicent, Tantanoola and surrounding districts.

The company’s investment demonstrates that South Australia’s regions have an abundance of unique, premium products and many opportunities for foreign investment, which creates local jobs.

This is particularly the case in the South East which continues to play a big role in driving our State’s economy, contributing $3.6 billion in gross regional product in industries such as forestry, beef and dairy cattle, lucerne seed production and rock lobsters.

Quotes attributable to Mr Wang Xin Xiang, Managing Director, Blue Lake Dairy Group

The Blue Lake Dairy Group (BLDG) are pleased to invest in South Australia and appreciate the assistance of the State Government in providing guidance regarding the approval processes for our new powdered milk converting facility.

Similarly Wattle Range Council have been supportive of our project and have generously provided advice to us in bringing Stage 1 of our project to fruition. The support of Mayor Gandolfi and Council staff has been much appreciated.

The work performed by local contractors engaged on the project has been very professional and of excellent standard and we thank them for their efforts in making our new facility state of the art.

The BLDG are looking forward to continuing their investment in South Australia and in their milk processing facility with the approval process for Stage 2 of the BLDG project, a new milk drying facility, expected to commence incoming months.

We thank Premier Weatherill for his support for our project and for officially opening our new powdered milk processing facility.