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Jobs Rescue Package in SA as COVID-19 Numbers Spike


A rescue package has been announced by the State Government today in a bid to save local jobs during the Coronavirus lock-down.

On Wednesday 25 March, another 27 people tested positive to COVID-19, bringing the total number of reported cases to 197 as of Thursday morning.

As many businesses are forced to shut or adapt in order to slow the spread of the virus, an extra $650 million dollars is being invested in key industries including property, retail, construction, housing, tourism, food, wine and hospitality.

Premier Steven Marshall is bringing together 14 industry leaders today to form the Industry Response and Recovery Council and discuss how to best address the unprecedented fiscal emergency.

“This is, without question, the greatest economic emergency of our generation and our collective response must be equally as potent,” said Premier Marshall.

“We recognise the enormous economic challenges confronting our key industries, their employers and staff as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the necessary restrictions imposed to limit its spread."

The Premier said his Government's total spend so far is $1 billion. 

“This complements the $350 million we announced earlier this month, focused on shovel-ready infrastructure maintenance jobs such as hospital and road upgrades as well as tourism infrastructure, as well as the Federal Government’s massive $83.6 billion economic injection.

Members of the Premier’s Industry Response and Recovery Council include:
• Martin Haese – Business SA
• Ian Markos – Master Builders Association
• Daniel Gannon – Property Council of Australia (SA)
• Ian Horne – Australian Hotels Association
• Shaun De Bruyn – Tourism Industry Council SA
• Stephen Knight – Housing Industry Association
• Phil Sutherland – Civil Contractors Federation SA
• Colin Shearing – SA Independent Retailers’ Association
• Paul Unerkov – Motor Trade Association South Australia
• Brian Smedley – Wine Industry Association
• Catherine Sayers – Food SA
• Wes Lambert – Restaurant & Catering Australia
• Rob Kerin – Primary Producers SA

More details will be released in the coming days.

Photo of Steven Marshall at an Adelaide Hills winery, supplied @SALiberals (twitter)