Labour promises to reopen Hillside

Labour is promising to re-open Hillside workshop and invest at least $250 million to rebuild Dunedin Hospital if elected.

The promises were made as Labour leader David Cunliffe toured Dunedin today, promising to make the city a ''knowledge and innovation centre''.

''A Labour Government will create 3000 more jobs in Otago by the end of our first term through our Economic Upgrades for forestry, manufacturing, fisheries, information technology and small businesses.''

''And local projects such as reopening and upgrading parts of the Hillside workshop will be able to access funding through our $200 million Regional Development Fund, aimed at supporting local projects which provide an economic step-change for their regions,'' Mr Cunliffe said.

He also promised to reverse ''years of neglect'' of Dunedin Hospital by the National Government and invest at least $250 million into rebuilding it.

In November 2012 about 90 Hillside Engineering Workshops employees were made redundant in the South Dunedin facility's partial closure, after KiwiRail failed to find a buyer for it.

That followed the redundancy of about 40 Hillside staff in 2011.

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