An Open Letter

We’ve composed an open letter to South Australia’s Premier Jay Weatherill, and Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell, asking them to support Fleurieu Poultry with a secured loan. Read the letter below, and sign your name to it with the form on the right!

To: Premier Weatherill, and Minister Bignell,

We have a jobs crisis in South Australia.

It’s true there are jobs out there. However, ask anyone who has had to look for a job over the past 12 months, and many of them will relate stories of applying for over 100 positions only to find themselves unemployed. The strain is being felt by individuals, families, whole communities.

When Inghams closed the Aldinga Turkeys Factory, the National Union of Workers, ex-employees and local farmers came together to form the Fleurieu Poultry Association. Together we can get back to work. We had a vision and a plan that could see the factory re-open to service the needs of local poultry producers, and create a viable enterprise to bring jobs back to the local community, with far reaching economic benefits.

With credit to your government, you saw the same vision. You supported us by funding a feasibility study the tune of $70,000 to investigate the viability of reopening the Aldinga Turkeys factory as a community cooperative business.

The feasibility study has been released, and it is a good plan. A plan that, the business case shows, has the potential to create around 50 jobs directly, and millions of dollars in economic activity throughout the Fleurieu and Adelaide Hills regions every year.

We have a plan. We are ready to work for it. We, the workers and farmers, have interested distributors, customers and investors. It shows immense potential. We, the workers, the farmers, the community, are now asking you:

Premier Weatherill and Minister Bignell, we need a $2 million secured loan from the SA government. Will you step up and back the plan?