Wood­side be­gins hous­ing project

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Oil and gas gi­ant Wood­side has started a $55 mil­lion, four-year pro­gram to re­fur­bish about 400 res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties in Kar­ratha.

The pro­gram will fo­cus pri­mar­ily on in­ter­nal im­prove­ments, in­clud­ing paint­ing, floor­ing, light­ing, kitchens, bath­rooms, laun­dries, se­cu­rity screens, fenc­ing and pa­tios of North West Shelf staff homes.

Pin­dan and Broome-based builder H&M Tracey has been as­signed as lead con­trac­tor for the project.

Wood­side fa­cil­ity man­age­ment team lead Peter Balfe said lo­cal pro­cure­ment and em­ploy­ment would be a pri­or­ity.

“This pro­gram, which rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment by Wood­side and its fel­low joint ven­ture par­tic­i­pants in the North West Shelf Project, has been de­signed to max­imise eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” he said.

“I am also ex­cited to say that H&M Tracey has al­ready taken on three lo­cal indige­nous trainees, who will learn the build­ing trade as part of the pro­gram.”

The con­trac­tors are aim­ing to di­rectly pro­cure more than 80 per cent of goods and ser­vices in the City of Kar­ratha, and achieve more than 30 per cent indige­nous par­tic­i­pa­tion through train­ing and em­ploy­ment.

Kar­ratha-based Ink­te­ri­ors in­te­rior stylist Cassie Inkster said it was good to see Wood­side work­ing with lo­cal busi­ness.

“For Ink­te­ri­ors to be in­volved in styling the newly re­fur­bished display homes is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity and a re­ally ex­cit­ing project that I’m grate­ful to be part of,” she said.

H&M Tracey Pil­bara di­rec­tor Craig Ry­dquist said the long-term na­ture of the con­tract held many ben­e­fits.

“This gives us an op­por­tu­nity to get trainees on board and pro­vide path­ways to­wards em­ploy­ment,” he said.

“Ninety per cent of all sub­con­tracts have been lo­cal and we are also putting for­ward a num­ber of ini­tia­tives for indige­nous trainees.”

Pic­ture: Wood­side

Wood­side ac­com­mo­da­tion team leader Su­sanne Richards, Ink­te­ri­ors in­te­rior stylist Cassie Inkster and Wood­side fa­cil­ity man­age­ment team lead Peter Balfe.

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