The South Australian government has announced plans for a 40-hectare food manufacturing hub at Parafield Airport, hoping to offset some of the jobs losses from the automotive industry's demise.
The ABC reports that the announcement was made yesterday, with premier Jay Weatherill saying the food and wine industries’ growth could benefit from the skills of displaced Holden workers.
"So tradies that have used their skills on plant and equipment in the automotive sector may be able to use their skills on the plant and equipment in the food manufacturing sector," Weatherill was reported as saying.
The Advertiser reports that the site would include integrated manufacturing, packaging and logistics operations.
The airport claimed the advantages of the site included things such as access to cold storage, power, infrastructure and available labour.
According to the government, increased production in the sector could see $250 million in new activity and 430 jobs created.
The northern suburbs of Adelaide will be hit hard by end of production at Holden’s Elizabeth plant and many of its suppliers.