I The federal government is axing the clothing and household
textile building innovative capability scheme. This scheme promotes textile
industry innovation, and it was vital in bringing new products and jobs to
Wangaratta via the relocation to the city of the Australian Weaving Mills, a
sister company of Bruck Textiles, formerly based in Tasmania.
This is another broken commitment by the federal
government — and a costly one at that — to the people of Wangaratta, because
it undermines the efforts of Bruck Textiles, its 200-strong Wangaratta
workforce and the regional economy.
The action I seek from the minister is that he make
representations to the relevant federal minister and request that the federal
government not axe this scheme, or if the scheme has already been axed, request
that it be reinstated.