General Motors made a tough call when it decided to pull the plug on Australian manufacturing. Elizabeth, located in Northern Adelaide, Australia, has been home to Holden production for decades.
While the GM has no plans to reverse its decision, despite an incredibly weak Australian dollar, Premier Jay Weatherill has coaxed a deal out of the automaker. A local ABC affiliate in Australia reports Weatherill spent time in Detroit, Michigan to meet with GM, where the automaker agreed to make a “financial contribution” of sorts to the area.
“We do want them to make a contribution to the local community,” Weatherill said.
“We think that the Elizabeth community have been great supporters of this car plant over the years and they’re doing it tough.”
The Elizabeth factory will shut its doors in late 2017, leaving more than 1,000 employees out of work. South Australia, where Northern Adelaide is situated, currently retains the highest unemployment rate in the nation, hovering around 7.2-percent.
GM and Holden have opened up training programs and have provided support for workers to find new opportunities after the factory’s closure.