La­bor prom­ises jobs in Bel­mont

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

BIG govern­ment projects will be the key to cre­at­ing more jobs for Bel­mont busi­nesses if La­bor wins next year’s state elec­tion, ac­cord­ing to leader Mark McGowan.

But lo­cal Lib­eral MLA Glenys God­frey said La­bor “con­tin­u­ally ig­nores Bel­mont” and lo­cal res­i­dents “de­serve bet­ter”.

Mr McGowan vis­ited two lo­cal busi­nesses re­cently and said cre­at­ing more jobs closer to where peo­ple live would be a key pri­or­ity.

“WA La­bor’s Plan for Jobs an­nounced in April, the most com­pre­hen­sive em­ploy­ment plan ever de­vel­oped in WA, will cre­ate more than 50,000 jobs across the state,” he said. “The plan in­cludes a big fo­cus on pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal busi­nesses to ben­e­fit from big govern­ment projects.

“We will en­act leg­is­la­tion to cre­ate the West­ern Aus­tralian In­dus­try Par­tic­i­pa­tion Plan Act to cre­ate the op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal (small and medium en­ter­prises) to com­pete for govern­ment con­tracts.”

He said La­bor would max­imise ap­pren­tice­ships and train­ing po­si­tions in govern­ment con­tract work.

Mr McGowan vis­ited the Belvidere Street IGA su­per­mar­ket in Red­cliffe and WesTrac in South Guild­ford with East Met­ro­pol­i­tan MLC Sa­man­tha Rowe and Bel­mont La­bor can­di­date Cassie Rowe.

Ms God­frey said the City had de­lib­er­ately fos­tered a re­la­tion­ship with com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial busi­nesses in the area that had achieved great re­sults.

La­bor can­di­date Cassie Rowe, IGA su­per­mar­ket owner Wally Daly and Mark McGowan talk about jobs dur­ing his re­cent visit to Bel­mont busi­nesses.

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