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February 15, 2021

Innovation in manufacturing and the potential for the sector to grow in the Hawkesbury has come under the spotlight after Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman, hosted a visit from Shadow Industry and Innovation Minister, Ed Husic.


Mr Husic visited businesses in the area on Wednesday, February 10, including Hypro Pet Foods at Wilberforce, the Teardrop Camper Company at South Windsor, and Wild Hibiscus Flower Co at McGraths Hill.


“Australian made creates Australian jobs. It was great to visit local businesses doing big things in the Hawkesbury with Susan Templeman,” Mr Husic said.


“I was so proud to see these businesses have integrated innovative processes to improve the way they operate and contribute to the local economy, particularly Western Sydney.”


Ms Templeman said all three businesses were outstanding examples of entrepreneurship and innovation.


“Hypro Pet Foods Managing Directors John Camilleri and Garry Jennings outlined their company’s expansion into overseas markets – including the hard-to-crack Japanese pet food market – as well as the innovative waste food recycling program they started many years ago that has seen them successfully export to New Zealand,” Ms Templeman said.


“Frank Scenna of the Teardrop Camper Company described his journey from a career as a mechanical engineer in aerospace and mining to the design and manufacture of exclusive campers that has led to him being very busy filling orders through the COVID pandemic, and generating work for his local suppliers.


“And Lee Etherington described not only the fascinating process of distilling his company’s unique Finger Lime Gin, but also the method he uses to source ingredients for Wild Hibiscus Flower Co which assists many Indigenous families in Central Australia.


“All three companies were highlighted problems they are encountering with various government processes - from Council issues to export imposts - and we’ll take back to the Shadow Cabinet many of those issues for discussion.


“These companies are really exceptional examples of what can be achieved right here in the Hawkesbury. They not only provide quality products both in Australia and overseas, but jobs for locals.


“And by using many local services themselves – from concreting to landscaping to food and catering – they also keep other businesses contributing to our economy.


“I ran my own business for nearly 25 years before entering Parliament, and I know how important the need to pivot, adapt and expand is.


“The potential for expansion of the Hawkesbury’s manufacturing base is enormous, and I hope by highlighting those doing it well, we’ll not only inspire others but will find ways to support growth in this sector.”


Businesses that need assistance with Federal issues can contact Ms Templeman via email at [email protected].