State Government participation
The Government of South Australia has committed cash and in-kind resources over the first two years of the IMCRC's operations to establish an Industry Engagement Node of the CRC at the Stretton Centre in Munno Para in northern Adelaide. The participation of the South Australian government in the IMCRC was announced by the Premier Jay Weatherill as part of the 'Our Jobs Plan' on 4 March 2014. Through the provision of this support, the South Australian government has ensured the IMCRC will have a strong presence in the northern suburbs of Adelaide to focus on transforming the South Australian manufacturing sector.
The Stretton Centre is a new purpose built regional industry and workplace development innovation facility and the prime industry engagement node of the IMCRC in northern Adelaide, currently home to the remaining elements of the state’s automotive industry. The Stretton Centre is a partnership between the City of Playford, The University of Adelaide's Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre (WISeR), the SA Urban Renewal Authority, the South Australian Government and Australian Government's Suburban Jobs Program.
Named after one of Australia's leading public intellectuals Professor Hugh Stretton, the centre showcases innovative approaches to workforce development in a bid to boost employment opportunities in Adelaide's north. Associate Professor John Spoehr from WISeR plays a leading role in the development of the centre. WISeR and the Stretton Centre are assisting in addressing the need to support the growth of new industries in the region and assist in retraining workers while targeting industries like advanced manufacturing and assistive technologies.
The following are key features of the SA co-investment model:
'New industries, new jobs - transforming manufacturing' press release - 4 March 2014