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More jobs for Mary Valley with ginger agreement

THE Mary Valley economy is set to receive another major boost after Australia's biggest producer of ginger signed a development lease on 223 hectares of land in the Mary Valley.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney welcomed news of Templeton Farming Enterprise's agreement, the second in just a week, which would create up to 14 full-time jobs and as many as 28 seasonal jobs for the region.

"This is a huge win for the Mary Valley region and the local community, which suffered so much under the Bligh government's failed plans for Traveston dam," Mr Seeney said.

"To see two major deals signed in the region in under a week proves big business is as keen to see the Mary Valley get back on track as the Newman Government is.

"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 TFE joined outdoor education specialists Higher Ground, who signed a development lease with the option to buy in February, and fern growers Cedar Hill, who signed last week.

"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 Rd, Bollier, and produce 800 tonnes of ginger and 5500 tonnes of sugar cane by 2018."