Rail manufacture a welcome addition to job options
ARAIL manufacturing industry in Bunbury makes sense and should be considered thoroughly by the State Government. The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union has identified Bunbury as the ideal location and this is an encouraging campaign for the region.
The idea appears to tick all the boxes in the Labor Government’s WA Jobs plan, which focuses on local content and local jobs.
It is an opportunity that needs to be investigated.
It is time for Bunbury to finally get a substantial manufacturing project as the region needs industry development and jobs.
The idea would be imperative for the upskilling and training of the city’s workforce and the spin-off would be substantial.
Union State secretary Steve McCartney should be commended for his open letter to Premier Mark McGowan and starting the conversation around the possibility of new industry in Bunbury.
Mr McCartney’s comments that Bunbury could be the solution to replacing industry with industry as Collie transitions away from coal jobs is welcoming.
The foundations for a manufacturing hub are laid with skilled workers already located in Bunbury and surrounding areas and a growing number of young people who need employment and training.
It is also encouraging that Bunbury MLA Don Punch says new job legislation will result in a focus on creating jobs out of the Metronet and he will be promoting the city’s fabricators and suppliers.