There are concerns that South Australia’s iconic Vili’s factory and accompanying cafe could be demolished to make way for the under-construction North-South Motorway.
SA Best member Frank Pangallo raised the issue during Parliamentary question time on Tuesday, saying that Vili’s owner Vilmos Milisits is worried about the future of the factory.
Currently 300 workers are employed at the site, with Mr Pangallo reporting that Mr Milisits is concerned for his workers’ employment should the factory have to make way for the ongoing infrastructure project.
Mr Pangallo went on to tell Parliament that it would cost an estimated $50 million to move the factory from its existing site.
Treasurer Rob Lucas refused to comment on whether or not the premises would be affected by the construction, telling Parliament that “some questions at this stage cannot be answered completely”.
Vili’s have operated at Mile End South since 1965 when Mr Milisits purchased a home on Manchester Street that doubled as a bakery.