The news JBS Australia has stood down hundreds of workers from its facilities in Victoria and South Australia is a huge blow for the regional community of Bordertown said Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.
“The Weatherill Government needs to make a greater effort to assist regional businesses to compete in the national and international markets,” said Mr Pederick.
“The high cost of doing business in South Australia constantly undercuts the viability of regional businesses.
“With unemployment in the South-East running at 7.5 per cent the loss of these jobs in the meat processing industry will be felt deeply in the local community.
“Unfortunately these job losses come hard on the heels of the announcement that another agribusiness will be shutting its doors.
“A little over a week ago the United Dairy Power’s Fleurieu Peninsula and Murray Bridge milk processing facilities stopped receiving milk putting 100 local jobs at risk.
“That’s two big hits to industry in almost as many weeks in our agribusiness sector, it is clear more needs to be done to support value adding operations in this state.
“Now is the time for the Weatherill Government to be proactive in protecting jobs in regional South Australia.
“The Weatherill Government must implement programs that facilitate local food businesses accessing export markets whilst lowering the tax burden and reducing the regulatory regime.
“Growing demand for quality sources for protein, coupled with the low Australian dollar, provides strong opportunities for South Australian producers.
“The Weatherill Government has a role with connecting SA producers with export markets through trade creation programs”