MP TAKES FIRM CSG STANCE

Lit­tleproud wants full de­tails on em­ploy­ment and ser­vices

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Sam Flana­gan Sam.Flana­gan@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

FED­ERAL MP David Lit­tleproud has called out the re­gion’s CSG com­pa­nies, de­mand­ing they out­line to him their lo­cal pro­cure­ment prac­tices and em­ployee re­cruit­ment.

Mr Lit­tleproud has taken the hard­line stance be­cause he does not want the Mara­noa to be seen as the hub for fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) gas work­ers and has called for greater trans­parency.

“There’s been a re­cent down­turn of con­struc­tion op­er­a­tions, es­pe­cially with the an­nounce­ment of a ma­jor em­ployer, Ost­wald Bros, go­ing into vol­un­tary ad­min­is­tra­tion, so I’m call­ing for all gas com­pa­nies to out­line what they’re do­ing to sup­port our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties,” Mr Lit­tleproud said.

“I’ve asked the CSG com­pa­nies to pro­vide a copy of their pro­cure­ment pol­icy and what goods and ser­vices are claimed lo­cally to see if our lo­cal busi­nesses are be­ing sup­ported – whether its ma­chin­ery main­te­nance, gro­cery shop­ping and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

“How gas com­pa­nies view the word ‘lo­cal’ is also of in­ter­est so I’ve also asked for the pro­cure­ment def­i­ni­tion of “lo­cal” em­ployed by the com­pa­nies’ sub-con­trac­tors and the num­ber of di­rect and sub-con­tracted em­ploy­ees who work in my elec­torate.”

Mr Lit­tleproud said he be­lieved a dis­jointed DIDO

❝How gas com­pa­nies view the word ‘lo­cal’ is also of in­ter­est. — David Lit­tleproud

or FIFO work sched­ule eroded fam­ily life and lim­its a per­son’s time to en­gage with the com­mu­nity, adding gas work­ers and their fam­i­lies should live in re­gion where they’re em­ployed.

“Fam­i­lies are the build­ing blocks of our ru­ral and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties and, as we’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a bit of a down­turn at the mo­ment, we need to stim­u­late our econ­omy by en­tic­ing fam­i­lies to live here. It’s a thriv­ing place to call home not just dur­ing shift work.”

One of the largest CSG com­pa­nies in the re­gion, Ar­row En­ergy, has re­sponded to Mr Lit­tleproud’s de­mands, stat­ing the ma­jor­ity of their em­ploy­ees are lo­cal.

“Ar­row is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the ar­eas where it op­er­ates,” An Ar­row En­ergy spokesper­son said.

“Ar­row has been op­er­at­ing in Dalby for more than 15 years, and has a strong his­tory of em­ploy­ing lo­cal res­i­dents and in­vest­ing in the Su­rat Basin.

“The vast ma­jor­ity of our ex­ist­ing Su­rat work­force re­sides lo­cally. The con­tin­ued abil­ity to pro­vide lo­cal em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties is a pri­or­ity for Ar­row.”

The spokesper­son also noted Ar­row has poured mil­lions of dol­lars into com­mu­nity projects that have helped de­velop and strengthen the re­gion.

“Ar­row con­tin­ues to sup­port lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions through its Brighter Fu­tures com­mu­nity in­vest­ment pro­gram, from lo­cal pri­mary school grants to fund­ing Aus­tralia’s first mo­bile car­diac clinic that sees pa­tients in the Su­rat Basin fort­nightly,” the spokesper­son said.

“Ar­row is cur­rently de­vel­op­ing a re­sponse for Mr Lit­tleproud, and will con­tinue to work with Mr Lit­tleproud on this is­sue as we recog­nise the im­por­tance of sup­port­ing re­gional busi­nesses, sup­pli­ers and com­mu­nity groups.”

COM­MU­NITY MINDED: Ar­row En­ergy has re­sponded to David Lit­tleproud’s re­quest, re­it­er­at­ing their com­mit­ment to lo­cals.

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