by Nilsson Jones

On Saturday afternoon, the Prime Minister visited the Forde electorate following the Morrison Government’s announcement that a Loganholme business would receive a $1,000,000 grant as part of a program to enhance Australia’s defence industry.

Holmwood Highgate, a national leader in manufacturing bulk liquid road tankers, is located in the heart of the Forde electorate in Loganholme and is the beneficiary of the Sovereign Industrial Capabilities Grant.

This Grant will allow Holmwood Highgate to enhance their ability to manufacture bulk liquid transport equipment which will benefit their servicing of commercial, aviation, and defence industries.

Prime Minister Morrison was accompanied by Wade Mellish, the company director, who showed the PM around the site as they discussed the role the manufacturing company has in transporting resources including water, oil, and chemicals such as ammonium nitrate.

Mr Mellish was honoured that his company were the recipients of the grant and was excited for the opportunity this gave the company, and the local economy.

“Sovereign capability is such an important thing to prioritise going forward. It will create plenty of jobs and protect the domestic economy” Mr Mellish said.

The national unemployment and underemployment rate increased significantly in the months following the pandemic, Mr Mellish believes investments such as this will do wonders for the local economy.

“We employ more than 150 staff at this site, that’s anything from boilermakers and welders, to spray painters and electricians. With this investment we will be looking to employ ever more people from the area, we already have advertisements and job offers up.”

“We’ve got some great businesses co-located here, and once it was announced we would be awarded the program they approached us and showed how they could assist us with different services and capabilities” Mr Mellish said.

Bert Van Manen MP was also in attendance and congratulated the Loganholme business on securing the grant.

“Holmwood Highgate are not only providing highly-skilled jobs for Logan locals, but they’re also playing an important role in keeping Australian’s safe.”

“This grant will allow them to invest in new technology, train more young people and hire more locals.” Mr Van Manen said.

The Prime Minister was visiting several businesses in south-east Queensland over the weekend, selling the budget and assisting in the LNP’s campaign for the upcoming state election.

Park Ridge News will be covering how this week’s budget uniquely affects the Logan West in the coming days.

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