Gillman plan complete but where are the 6,000 jobs?

The State Liberals are calling on Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis to explain whether his promised 6,000 job oil and gas hub will be delivered under Adelaide Capital Partners Gillman Project Plan.

Adelaide Capital Partners (ACP) confirmed on Saturday that they had provided a Project Plan to the Government which is required under the deal signed by Premier Weatherill in December 2013.

Under the Lipson Industrial Estate Option Deed the Project Plan is required to:

-       Identify all project stages, including the land involved with each stage;

-       Identify all regulatory approvals required and how those approvals will be obtained;

-       Set the ‘Target Project Timeframes;

-       Be consistent with the ‘Project Objectives’

The Deed identifies the Minister for State Development as the Minister responsible for the ongoing management of the Gillman deal. (Mr Koutsantonis is the Minister for State Development)

In February 2014 Mr Koutsantonis stated:

“The agreement with ACP includes a series of performance targets focused on employment and economic development, with a target specifically requiring part of the land to be developed into a resources hub.”

“South Australia is in the midst of a jobs crisis and all we have heard lately from the Minister for State Development is half-apologies for his foul language and conduct,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas.

“Now that Mr Koutsantonis has received the Project Plan he needs to explain to the public when the oil and gas hub and 6,000 jobs that he promised will be delivered.

“It’s been almost two years since Mr Weatherill and Mr Koutsantonis promised 6,000 – 12,000 jobs would be created at Gillman.

“To date no new jobs have been created by the Gillman deal.

“We know from multiple Supreme Court judgments, an Auditor-General’s Report and an ICAC investigation that the Weatherill Labor Government failed to properly assess the original proposal for the Gillman land.

“South Australians need to be reassured that the Gillman deal is being properly supervised.

“The State Liberals will do what we can to ensure that happens.

“It’s a simple question Mr Koutsantonis – when will the 6,000 jobs be delivered?”