The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce has put forward a plan which it claims will generate 500 car industry jobs.
The VACC visited Geelong and met with City of Greater Geelong representatives earlier this week, detailing a proposal to open LPG conversion factories at sites in Geelong, Melbourne and Adelaide.
The industry body’s plan, developed in partnership with Gas Energy Australia, has been put to state and federal governments. It is seeking funds to complete a proof-of-concept report and economic modelling in preparation for a pitch for investment and grants before the year's end, reports the Geelong Advertiser.
Besides creating auto industry jobs, having more LPG cars on the road will also decrease the need for imported fuels, says the VACC.
“We’ve got an abundance of supply (gas in Australia), and if governments are serious about the environment and environmentally-friendly fuels why wouldn’t they look at this,” the Geelong Advertiser reports the group’s executive director David Purchase as saying.
Ford announced in May last year that it will close its Geelong engine plant in 2016, as well as its Broadmeadows car factory. Toyota and Holden will cease manufacturing vehicles in Australia in the year after that. Purchase notes that for "the first time since 1948, Australia faces a future without domestic car making."