Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien has slammed Labor leader Mark McGowan’s plans to establish the Australian Marine Complex Technology Park in Henderson, saying his announcement was “all spin” and “no substance”.
Mr O’Brien said the announcement lacked detail and was nothing but another attempt by Labor to recreate history.
“The facts are, the AMC was first announced in 1998 by Prime Minister Howard and then Premier Richard Court,” he said. “If Labor were serious about the economic growth of WA and creating jobs, it would do more than mouth empty platitudes with no funding and no detail.”
Mr McGowan said Labor would help boost jobs with the AMC Technology Park in Henderson by amending legislation to overcome the red tape restricting expansion by bringing control of the area under one government body. “Currently for approval in the marine complex there are four government agencies that anyone who wants to establish here needs to go through — LandCorp, Department of Commerce, Department of Transport and Western Australian Planning Commission,” he said.
“By streamlining the approval and investment process, we will set in train a change to AMC that will create thousands of manufacturing jobs and attract investment in the marine, defence, mining, oil and gas engineering sectors.” Mr McGowan said his announcement would ensure local jobs for local people.
“A lot of people would like to get jobs in this industry in those communities and today’s announcement will ensure many more local people do,” he said.
Western Trade Coast Industries Committee chairman Phil Edman said it should not be forgotten Mr McGowan “scoffed” at WTCIC plans to deliver better economic and employment opportunities in December 2011.
“However, it seems that Mark McGowan has seen the light on the WTC having previously dismissed it,” he said.“Mark also recognises the Barnett Government’s effort to secure local content has been successful with the high demand of space at the AMC generating the need for more land.”
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