The NSW government signed off on a payroll tax rebate for Bathurst’s Simplot food factory for an undisclosed amount last week, but is yet to decide on a $3 million payroll tax break for Orange’s Electrolux plant.
A spokesman for Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said Electrolux had already received state government assistance for a three-month engineering study overhaul productivity at the plant from the Regional Industries Investment Fund (RIIF) - the same fund that paid for the Simplot tax break.
“Further to this, additional assistance is currently being considered,” he said.
The spokesman said Mr Stoner and member for Orange Andrew Gee had made support for the plant’s ongoing operations and retention of jobs a priority under a number of existing business assistance programs, but would not say when further assistance would be announced.
Orange City Council received eight public submissions about its $1.1 million pledge to the plant, but staff are yet to assess how many were for and against the financial assistance.
Councillors are expected to make a final decision on the rescue package next month.