In light of Simplot’s announcement that it may soon close its Devonport plant, Tasmania’s state liberals have said the government must do whatever it can to ensure the food processor stays afloat.
More than 300 jobs, including 200 casual positions, could be lost if the plant closes.
“Simplot is a major employer and economic contributor to the North-West economy and we must do everything we can to secure they remain,” Rockliff said.
“Tasmania cannot afford to lose Simplot.”
According to The Mercury, Primary Industries Minister Bryan Green, Premier Lara Giddings and Jeremy Rockliff have spoken to Simplot about what can be done to secure its future in Devonport.
Rockliff said the meeting with management was productive and provided some insight into what’s causing the company’s struggles, including red and green tape whjch costs farmers $300m a year.
The state Liberals are also keen to restore an international shipping service to get agricultural produce shipped directly to Asia, The Mercury reports.
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