Constituency Question – Nestle Tongala closure

My constituency question is to the Minister for Regional Development – and is about the wellbeing of the people of the town of Tongala, in my electorate. It follows Nestle’s announcement on 28 August of its plans to close its factory in Tongala, and to progressively shift overseas all of the manufacturing currently undertaken there.  That decision will ultimately lead to 106 local people being made redundant. As the Minister will know, the announcement by Nestle comes in the midst of Tongala’s continued exposure to many ongoing and severe difficulties being caused by the downturns in the dairy industry. I ask the Minister: what actions is the Government taking (and/or will it take) to directly assist the people of Tongala to adjust to, and overcome, these very serious challenges to the town’s growth and development?