AnglicareSA welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement this morning that the bulk of the construction work for 12 submarines is to be undertaken in Adelaide.

Rev’d Peter Sandeman, Anglicare CEO, said the news of an estimated 2800 jobs, the majority of which will be created at ASC at Osborne, brings much needed confidence and certainty to the workers and their families who have been waiting to hear for some time.

“This decision will create much needed jobs and positive economic spin offs for Adelaide families now and for their children in decades to come,” Rev’d Sandeman said.

“We know there is a strong connection between having secure employment and a stable home and good physical and mental health. Job security, especially long-term job security, leads to a healthy sense of belonging and engagement, and meaningful participation in the community.

“Unemployment levels in South Australia continue to be of serious concern and today’s news is particularly important and encouraging given recent news around manufacturing in SA.”

Rev’d Sandeman also welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement that the submarines will be built using Australian steel and hopes that this will include steel from Arrium.

“The submarine decision will have a positive flow on effect to many local businesses that rely on ASC’s success and survival,” Rev’d Sandeman said.

“Building the Australian Navy’s next fleet of submarines at Osborne will help to boost spending in the portside precinct and its surrounds.

“A competitive and fully functioning submarine building operation in South Australia is a huge boost to Adelaide workers and their families right now, and it creates an improved employment outlook for their children in years to come.”