Northern Economic Plan

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 14:30 :31 ): My question is to the Minister for Automotive Transformation. How many meetings of the Northern Economic Plan Community Leaders' Group have the minister and his department conducted, and how many of these meetings have actually been held in northern Adelaide?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation, Minister for Automotive Transformation, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation) ( 14:30 :55 ): I thank the honourable member for his important question. The community leaders' group for the Northern Economic Plan comprises a number of people, including myself as minister, the mayors of the major councils that will be impacted by Holden's closure, a number of people from the Northern Economic Leaders' Group, and business people in the north.

Up to about a half a dozen meetings have been held so far. Those meetings have generally been held in my office in Adelaide. There have been a number of events that the community leaders' group has organised and most of the members of that group have spoken at in northern Adelaide, the most recent one being a business leaders' breakfast a few weeks ago where all the mayors, myself and all of the business leaders—or at least all but one of the business leaders from that community leaders' group—spoke. So there have been a number of meetings that have been held in my office, but there have also been a number of events that have been held around northern Adelaide that most of the community leaders' group, or in fact all of them, have attended.

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 14:32 :05 ): Supplementary: given the minister's answer in relation to most of the meetings, rather than events, being held in his office, will the minister give an undertaking to make the great majority of the meetings in the future held in the three main local government areas?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation, Minister for Automotive Transformation, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation) ( 14:32 :26 ): I will give an undertaking that we will continue to hold a variety of events right across northern Adelaide. In addition to specific Northern Economic Plan meetings of the community leaders' group who have been involved in the north of Adelaide, I have met with the whole of local councils, so I will undertake to continue to hold events, and meetings, whether they be meetings with specific local governments or other groups, right across northern Adelaide.

 

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 14:32 :55 ): Supplementary: why was the glossy brochure advancing this plan distributed within the City of Port Adelaide Enfield very recently, some months after the initial public release of the document?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation, Minister for Automotive Transformation, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation) ( 14:33 :12 ): I do not have the specific information on exactly where brochures were or were not released. I know Port Adelaide Enfield have been very actively engaged in the development of the Northern Economic Plan. Both the mayor and the CEO of the local council have been very active contributors, which I have very greatly appreciated, and I will pay tribute to that council, as well as other councils, for their leadership on this issue. Certainly, we are continuing a community information program that will include getting publications and information out to people and also hosting a whole range of events right across the northern Adelaide area.