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Ammunition depot project must get underway



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JOHN SHARP MEDIA RELEASE

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR GILMORE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SHIPPING AND WATERFRONT REFORM

PO B O X 700, GOULBURN 2580: Tel 04 8 21 1399, Fax 0 4 8 21 9 7 6 6

AMMUNITION DEPOT PROJECT MUST GET UNDERW AY

If Prime Minister Keating is genuine in his job-creation initiative, he must get the Ammunition Depot project at Nowra underway without any further delay, John Sharp, Federal Member for Gilmore and Shadow Minister for Shipping and Waterfront Reform, said.

Mr Sharp said that the unemployment situation in Nowra, which has worsened and has little prospect for improvement, has made this imperative.

The project has been on the books for about five years, he said, but the Federal Labor Government has dilly-dallied about progressing it while trying to buy green votes. Too much time has been wasted already, and the most recent target for commencement, last December, was also allowed to slip.

The project needs to be implemented and this can be done under the prime Minister's jobs initiative, Mr Sharp said.

He said that the project offered the opportunity to create new jobs in Nowra. There would be about 250 full-time jobs created by the depot, and many others in the construction phase. These would have a much more lasting impact that any artificial job-creation schemes that the Prime Minister may be tempted to come up with, Mr Sharp said.

He said that the positive impact would spread throughout the Illawarra, because the construction phase would provide a fillip to many local industries, especially steel and building related enterprises.

Mr Sharp said that the Government should get on with the project right away, and he is writing to the Prime Minister putting this to him.

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