Northern suburbs food manufacturing park a possibility for post-Holden Adelaide

A food
manufacturing park in northern Adelaide is being considered by the South Australian
government to help adapt to a post-Holden manufacturing future.

The ABC
reports that a directions paper raises the possibility of a food manufacturing,
packaging and distribution centre, with the government looking for at least 40
hectares of land for the site.

“We are just placing ads now for
requests for information from industry, from land holders and from developers
to come to Government and let us know what land they have got available so we
can assess if we go ahead with the food park where the best area would be,”
the state’s manufacturing minister Kyam Maher told the ABC.

Maher said that food manufacturing had grown for the last 17 years straight.

The
government is also considering the defence, construction and healthcare
industries. It is seeking feedback on the discussion paper and aims to release
an economic plan for the north of Adelaide by the end of the year. The consultation process also involves Mayors from suburbs including Playford and Salisbury.

Holden will
end car manufacturing at Elizabeth in 2017. It has begun scaling down it
operation, and is scheduled to re-rate production from 290 to 240 vehicles a day today.

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