Rail man­u­fac­tur­ing hub

Union out­lines Bun­bury bid to cre­ate hun­dreds of jobs from Metronet

South Western Times - - Front Page - Kate Field­ing

A RAIL man­u­fac­tur­ing hub lo­cated in Bun­bury would cre­ate “hun­dreds” of jobs and have an eco­nomic flow-on ef­fect into the fu­ture, ac­cord­ing to Aus­tralian Man­u­fac­tur­ing Work­ers Union State sec­re­tary Steve McCart­ney.

Mr McCart­ney this week wrote an open let­ter to Premier Mark McGowan say­ing Bun­bury was the “ideal lo­ca­tion” to build the trains needed for the State Govern­ment’s Metronet pub­lic trans­port plan.

In his let­ter, Mr McCart­ney said Bun­bury could be­come the cen­tre for rail man­u­fac­tur­ing and the Govern­ment should re­lease un­used land near the port to the pri­vate sec­tor for de­vel­op­ment.

Speak­ing to the South West­ern Times, Mr McCart­ney said Bun­bury was iden­ti­fied as an ap­pro­pri­ate and sus­tain­able tran­si­tion for coal jobs in Col­lie and was a so­lu­tion for re­plac­ing in­dus­try with in­dus­try.

“There are a lot of skilled peo­ple in the re­gion al­ready, a lot of young peo­ple who need em­ploy­ment and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and fam­i­lies who want to stay close to their homes and keep their com­mu­ni­ties strong,” Mr McCart­ney said.

He said while ini­tially busi­ness would fo­cus on pas­sen­ger trains for Metronet, a new in­dus­try could be de­vel­oped in the city and the flow-on ef­fects would be huge.

“Rather than just make trains for one ma­jor project, this could make an in­dus­try,” he said.

Bun­bury Welling­ton Eco­nomic Al­liance chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Matt Granger wel­comed the idea.

“We’ve got all the el­e­ments to sup­port man­u­fac­tur­ing in the Bun­bury Welling­ton area,” Mr Granger said.

“We have a busi­ness base which has grown up around ser­vic­ing ma­jor re­source pro­cess­ing and en­ergy in­dus­tries, there’s in­dus­trial land, port fa­cil­i­ties, a skilled work­force, ex­cel­lent ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing fa­cil­i­ties and ready ac­cess to the metropoli­tan area.”

Bun­bury MLA Don Punch said the WA Jobs Leg­is­la­tion would pro­mote lo­cal con­tent and lo­cal jobs and there would be a fo­cus on cre­at­ing jobs out of Metronet.

“We do need man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs in the Bun­bury area and I will do ev­ery­thing I can to present the ca­pa­bil­ity of Bun­bury fab­ri­ca­tors and sup­pli­ers.”

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