Res­i­dent re­quire­ment knocks tal­ent

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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