Girgarre enjoys jobs boom

ACM Girgarre is exceeding expectations. Photo by Geoff Adams

The Victorian Government is congratulating ACM after the Kyabram-based company blew past its expected job and annual capacity figures at the Girgarre factory.

Initially, ACM expected to hire 50 new workers, but now it has got 65.

The factory started out processing about 100 million litres of milk a year and now it has built up to 200 million litres.

In 2018, the Victorian Government invested money in the Girgarre factory through the Regional Jobs Fund, helping ACM buy the old cheese factory and convert it into a milk processing plant.

When asked how much money was invested, the Victorian Government said it did not disclose Regional Jobs Funds figures because it involved the private sector.

State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes praised the growth.

“ACM Girgarre has not only grown its workforce but also its product range, creating more milk products to supply local and international markets — a big win for this small town,” she said.

ACM services about 300 dairy farmers, which is almost 10 per cent of Victoria’s dairy farm businesses.