Adelaide MPs contest manufacturing hub’s location

Federal Labor MPs based in Adelaide are fighting over the location of a proposed manufacturing hub, with two locations under consideration.

Federal Labor MPs based in Adelaide are fighting over the location of a proposed manufacturing hub, with two locations under consideration.

AdelaideNow reports MPs Tony Zappia and Nick Champion want the hub built near their electorates in Technology Park, but Port Adelaide MP Mark Butler is fighting to have the development built in his electorate.

Earlier this week Prime Minister Julia Gillard unveiled a plan that would see Adelaide house one of ten manufacturing and innovation hubs across the country.

The hubs are designed to boost employment and activity in the ailing manufacturing sector.

According to News Limited Champion said Adelaide's north was the “manufacturing heart of the state” and would be an ideal location for the new hub.

But Butler said the development would be better placed in Port Adelaide.

“Port Adelaide is home to high-tech, world-leading defence organisations, such as Techport and ASC, who are building the $8 billion Air Warfare Destroyers and who will play a key role in the construction of the Future Submarine,” he said.

A decision on the hub's location is set to be made later this year.