Call for action to create local jobs
Opposition Leader Mark McGowan has called for the State Government to take more action to create job opportunities for local contractors and apprentices in the Pilbara, during a visit to the region last week.
Mr McGowan said at a community forum in South Hedland, contractors from Karratha and Port Hedland expressed their frustration at missing out on multiple State Government project tenders to companies in Perth.
“We believe in a competitive process but there needs to be a heavier weighting on regional contractors and a recognition that the buy local policy needs some tidying up,” he said.
“We did an analysis on a range of contracts across the regions and it showed most of the contracts were being awarded to Perth companies, particularly when it came to ongoing maintenance contracts.”
Mr McGowan said WA Labor’s Priority Start policy would create jobs in the area, by ensuring all big State Government construction projects work with Pilbara training providers to deliver apprenticeships and traineeships for locals.
“WA Labor will close loopholes in the Buy Local policy so more contracts for State Government projects are awarded to head contractors based in regional WA,” he said.
“We also need to be taking a more robust approach with resources companies when it comes to hiring local contractors.
“Lots of companies are operating on State Agreement Acts, that’s a legitimate way the government could be doing more to influence these companies.”
Opposition Leader Mark McGowan with Labor Member for Mining and Pastoral Stephen Dawson MLClast week.