Planned SA ice cream factory won’t go ahead without Gov’t help

A planned ice cream, slated for Adelaide’s northern suburbs, will probably not be built unless the State Government provides the project $4 million of assistance.

Adelaide Now reports that well-known local hospitality identity Yazan Akeel and investors want to build a $20.5 million ice cream, gelato and sorbet factory in Elizabeth West. If built, the facility would employ over 100 workers.

However, the South Australian Government’s new Investment Attraction Agency (IAA) baulked at the asked for $6 million assistance for the project.  

Akeel told Adelaide Now that, instead, the IAA initially offered just $750,000, then later $850,000 in assistance.

He added that the project may now be canned or possibly moved to another state. The Victorian government, he said, has offered to cover half the cost of the project.

A spokesperson for the IAA told Adelaide Now, “The Investment Attraction Agency is continuing to assess business proposals and has committed funds to several projects, the details will be outlined in the New Year.

“An offer of financial assistance and case management has been made to Dolce on the basis the company provides a business plan and proof that contracts are in place.”