Resident requirement knocks talent
Mining and construction workers should not be forced to move to the Pilbara to gain employment on local projects, according to Pilbara Liberal candidate Mark Alchin.
Mr Alchin said he was a supporter of encouraging residential employment, but companies needed to have the ability to cast a wide net for talent, including offering fly-in, fly-out options.
“I think the companies need to be held to account over a whole range of issues like dust and land disturbance,” he said.
“It’s not Government’s responsibility to tell them where they should or shouldn’t live, though.
“When you go to recruit for a position, you have x-number of people applying for it. If I then say ‘it’s based in Newman so you have to be residential’, I will automatically knock out probably 50 to 60 per cent of candidates for a whole host of reasons.”
He said the Government should continue to focus on getting regional towns to a point where people wanted to move there.