Lift for Investment and Jobs


Two local businesses celebrate funding success following announcements from the Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT).

Lara defence manufacturer Chemring Australia is boosting its operations to position itself to supply military countermeasures for the F35-Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter) thanks to a $1.2 million grant to help the company embark on a massive expansion that will create 40 jobs.

As part of the project, Chemring will expand its state-of-the-art countermeasure and pyrotechnic manufacturing facility in Lara – which is already one of the most advanced manufacturing facilities of its type in the world.

Chemring Australia has already provided demonstration flares to the United States for qualification purposes.

The company is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of military-grade products for the defence and safety markets – this investment will help the company secure high value defence contracts.

Also successful was local family owned bakery, Routleys, which is set for a $2.2 million expansion made possible through a $187,500 LIFT grant.

The company has used the grant to renovate its current production site, purchase new food manufacturing equipment and take on six new workers – with more new jobs to be created.

Routley’s Bakery has also been actively engaging with The Gordon’s Skills and Jobs Centre to recruit staff, including those from the automotive industry.

LIFT helps businesses generate new investment and create jobs for retrenched workers in areas affected by the closure of car manufacturing. Grant applications have now closed.