Benalla and Mulwala communities receive positive news for future
Posted September 10, 2014
Months of tension for Benalla and Mulwala workers at Thales Australia munitions factories over their future have ended today with a great outcome. Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO welcomed the Federal Government’s five-year plan to maintain Mulwala and Benalla munitions plants.
The new interim Domestic Munitions Manufacturing Arrangements secure about 550 jobs at both factories. The decision gives Thales the confidence to continue producing internationally renowned munitions.
Ms McGowan congratulated everyone involved in the decision and thanked Defence Minister, Senator the Hon, David Johnston, for visiting the region to make the announcement today at Mulwala, along with the Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley.
“This is really positive news for the workers, families and communities who have been waiting anxiously for an announcement that would secure future for jobs at the factories,” Ms McGowan said.
Senator Johnston said the decision will allow negotiations to be finalised on a program worth more than $350 million, ensuring Australia will continue to have an indigenous munitions industry.
“This is great news for the Mulwala workers and their colleagues down the road at Benalla," Senator Johnston said.
Ms McGowan said she looked forward to working with the Government to continue advancing manufacturing in rural and regional Australia.