Regions must not be forgotten

The State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Labor Government to ensure that South Australia’s regions are not forgotten in this week’s State Budget.

In the last week alone, Alinta announced the closure of the Port Augusta power stations and Leigh Creek coal mine and Arrium announced it was undertaking a strategic review of its Whyalla iron ore mine.

 

Last month, meat processor JBS Australia stood down workers at its plant in Bordertown.

 

In April, United Dairy Power closed its milk processing plant in Murray Bridge with the loss of approximately 90 jobs.

 

“Job losses have been felt right across the State in recent months, from the South-East to the Mid-North,” said Shadow Minister for Regional Development Steven Griffiths.

 

“The closure of the Port Augusta power stations and Leigh Creek coal mine in particular will have a dramatic flow-on effect for the local economy.

 

“In this week’s Budget, Premier Weatherill has an opportunity to implement a comprehensive jobs and investment package that ensures our regional communities are supported during these difficult times.

 

“This includes ensuring workers have access to training, fast-tracking local infrastructure projects and providing financial support for displaced workers.

 

“The Weatherill Labor Government has ignored our State’s regions for 13 years – this cannot continue.

“The Weatherill Labor Government must ensure that our regions are not forgotten in this week’s State Budget.”