Hospi­tal cure for econ­omy

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The con­struc­tion firm be­hind the $207 mil­lion Kar­ratha Health Cam­pus has promised a largely res­i­den­tial work­force as it pre­pares to ramp up ac­tiv­ity on-site.

To date, 72 per cent of the 67-strong work­force has been lo­cal, with $16 mil­lion worth of con­tracts awarded to Kar­ratha and Port Hed­land busi­nesses.

Mul­ti­plex Con­struc­tion project man­ager Hud­son Lun said the ad­min­is­tra­tive work­force for the project had all been ei­ther sourced from or moved to Kar­ratha for the du­ra­tion of the project.

Mr Lun said the res­i­den­tial model adopted had been prefer­able over us­ing a fly-in, fly-out work­force.

“Right now with the work we have done to date, 100 per cent of the work has been given to Aus­tralian-based com­pa­nies with a West Aus­tralian base,” he said.

“To date we have used over 45 lo­cal Kar­ratha busi­nesses and con­trac­tors.

“Mov­ing for­ward, of course there are some spe­cial­ist ser­vices you need for a hospi­tal that un­for­tu­nately there won’t be some­one in town to do that so we will have to sub­con­tract that out.”

Mr Lun said with stage two of works awarded, Mul­ti­plex could move on with in­dige­nous en­gage­ment and ap­pren­tice­ship and trainee­ship con­tracts, as well as let­ting out the rest of the work.

WA Trea­sury strate­gic projects and as­set sales di­rec­tor Adrian Duca said the State was keep­ing a close eye on the con­tracts.

“(Mul­ti­plex) has demon­strated that they are look­ing at real op­por­tu­ni­ties to em­ploy lo­cal Kar­ratha peo­ple,” he said.

“As part of the State process we re­quest from Mul­ti­plex on a reg­u­lar ba­sis a break­down of those sub­con­tract en­gage­ments.”

Mr Duca said some park­ing around the Bal­moral and Waram­bie roads side of the site had been re­moved after con­cerns from the coun­cil.

He said the he­li­pad lo­ca­tion, an­other bone of con­tention for the City of Kar­ratha, would not be changed be­cause it was nec­es­sary for offshore emer­gen­cies.

Pil­bara MLA Bren­don Grylls said the project team had to make sure sub­con­trac­tors un­der­stood the lo­cal work­force pri­or­i­ties as well.

“I look for­ward to see­ing the lo­cal work­force down at the Tam­brey for a beer after work be­cause that is all part of be­ing part of the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” he said.

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