The decision by the Federal Government to reverse its decision to cut $500 million in funding for the car industry is welcomed by AnglicareSA who says the move will go some way towards easing a social and financial crisis in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

CEO, Peter Sandeman, who is a board member of the Automotive Transformation Taskforce, says the funding provides hope for the future of workers who are faced with an uncertain future with the closure of Holden in 2017.

“The funding will support manufacturers to diversify their operations and create and retain jobs in South Australia,” he says. However, Peter Sandeman calls on the Federal Government to restore the $400 million in funding for the components sector, which is scheduled to be spent after 2017.

“The $400m slated to be spent after the closure of Holden should be restored and brought forward to enable auto suppliers to diversify their operations and create opportunities for car industry workers and a positive future for all South Australians,” he says.