Hartsuyker Celebrates Milo in the Macleay Valley

06 Dec 17

Nationals Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, today congratulated the Slim Dusty Centre for their exhibition The Story of MILO: A Legendary Favourite in a speech to Parliament, after attending the exhibition’s recent opening.

Mr Hartsuyker told Parliament that the exhibition tells the great Australian story of MILO, which was developed in the Macleay Valley.

“MILO was invented during the Depression in the early thirties by Nestlé’s Thomas Mayne to help ensure that children received enough nutrients in their daily diet,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“The exhibition details the history of MILO and the Nestlé factory in Smithtown since its beginnings in 1934, and it includes sporting memorabilia, historical photographs, technical equipment, packaging and posters.”

Mr Hartsuyker said the factory had provided ongoing job opportunities to the Smithtown area, since it opened its doors in 1987 and started producing MILO in 1934.

“Generations of Smithtown families have worked in the factory, which currently employs 171 locals. The factory’s quarter-century club has 101 members, 23 of whom are current employees.”

Mr Hartsuyker also praised all those involved in the exhibition, and staff at Nestlé’s MILO factory in Smithtown.

“I’d like to commend Slim Dusty Centre staff: Julia Morell the Curator & Exhibition Development Officer and Slim Dusty Centre volunteer Shirley Kennedy, and Nestlé staff including: Mathew Oram, the manager; Ravi Anand; Shalini Devi; Amy O’Brien; Janell Siek; Isla Christian; Kelvin Yong; Peter Gambrill; Sandy Fink and his family; and Margaret Stuart. They are great locals who’ve worked hard to produce a great local product.

“MILO is an Australian success story; it is our number one branded food export to the world, and I’d certainly say that everyone in this room would love to have a MILO. I always like the crunchy bits on top!”

More information about the Slim Dusty Centre’s Exhibition, The Story of MILO: A Legendary Favourite can be found at bit.ly/milo-exhibition.

To watch Mr Hartsuyker’s speech in full, visit bit.ly/hartsuyker-milo-speech.

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