Rail man­u­fac­ture a wel­come ad­di­tion to job op­tions

South Western Times - - Point Of View -

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.

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