Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson, State Member for South Barwon Andrew Katos and Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay have called on the Andrews Labor government to include Geelong in its Land 400 bid.
“It is untenable that the Victorian Government’s incentive package is conditional on the Land 400 project being based at Fishermans Bend in central Melbourne,” Ms Henderson said.
“Contrary to claims by Industry Minister Wade Noonan, the two defence companies in the running for this $5 billion contact, Rheinmetall and BAE, have told me they do not have a preferred location in Victoria and are open to doing business in Geelong,” Ms Henderson said. “Mr Noonan is trying to blame the defence companies for Labor’s toxic decision.”
“This is a real betrayal of Geelong workers and Geelong’s manufacturing industry. There is no reason why all of this work has to be based in Melbourne. The Bushmaster manufacturing facility in Bendigo is a very good example of how well defence jobs can be supported in regional Victoria,” Mr Katos said.
Member for Western Victoria Region Simon Ramsay said: “It is a disgrace that State Labor MPs Christine Couzens, Lisa Neville and John Eren have all but thrown in the towel on basing some of the Land 400 project in Geelong.”
“It seems that only Dan Andrews and Wade Noonan have decided that Fishermans Bend is Victoria’s preferred site for the build of the 225 armoured vehicles. Desperate Dan is running for cover given South Australia has outflanked him in a strong marketing campaign for the successful bid, and is now trying to hide behind some mystical secret deal,” Mr Ramsay said.
31 January 2017