Liberals call for upgrade of Techport

The State Liberals are calling on the State Government to move decisively to upgrade Techport to ensure the facility has the capacity to handle the unprecedented naval shipbuilding program planned for South Australia.

“The Turnbull Government’s commitment to a local build for offshore patrol vessels, future frigates and future submarines needs to be matched by a South Australian Government commitment to ensure Techport can sustain the level of work coming our way,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

“With a continuous build for naval vessels to start in 2018 and run for at least the next 30 years the upgrading of Techport to cope with the additional work load should be a priority for the State Government.

“Beginning the upgrade of Techport as soon as possible will bring forward the jobs boost the naval ship building program is set to deliver and help ease South Australia’s current unemployment crisis.

“The State Government needs to invest in the plans it has developed for a second dry dock and expanded work areas to enable ships and submarines to be built concurrently.

“The Turnbull Government’s investment in naval shipbuilding in South Australia is critical for the defence of the nation and there must be no unnecessary delays in the production of Australia’s future maritime defences.

“The Turnbull Government has shown enormous faith in the capacity of South Australia to deliver the offshore patrol vessels, future frigates and future submarines in a continuous build.

“South Australia has already invested $250 million in Techport and currently has a commitment to invest $5 million in extending the wharf.”