Large-scale projects open­ing door to jobs

The Advertiser - Careers - - Executive, Professional & Management - TOM DOUGHERTY

AWEALTH of job op­por­tu­ni­ties are open­ing up in min­ing, in­fra­struc­ture and con­struc­tion in­dus­tries, with large-scale projects across South Aus­tralia.

Jobs range from labour­ers and plant op­er­a­tors to en­gi­neers and pro­ject man­agers.

Pend­ing the re­lease of BHP’s Sup­ple­men­tary En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact State­ment, the ex­pan­sion of its Olympic Dam mine in out­back SA will cre­ate thou­sands of jobs in the min­ing and con­struc­tion sec­tors.

The ex­pan­sion will turn the cop­per and ura­nium mine into the world’s largest ura­nium pro­ducer to sup­ply China and other coun­tries.

The an­nounce­ment this week of eased re­stric­tions on min­ing in the Woomera Pro­hib­ited Area has opened an area the size of Eng­land to min­eral ex­plo­ration.

It is be­lieved $1 tril­lion worth of ore de­posits may be in the area.

A cou­ple of ma­jor min­ing projects, such as OZ Min­er­als’ Prom­i­nent Hill pro­ject and Kings­gate Con­sol­i­dated’s Chal­lenger gold mine, al­ready op­er­ate in the area but there is po­ten­tial for many more projects there.

Fur­ther afield, the Hon­ey­moon Ura­nium mine, 75km from Bro­ken Hill, con­tin­ues to pro­duce large amounts of ore and con­firms the fu­ture of ura­nium min­ing in SA.

The con­struc­tion in­dus­try has many ma­jor projects, two of which are the new Royal Ade­laide Hos­pi­tal and Ade­laide Oval Rede­vel­op­ment, in the pipe­line.

A ‘‘yes’’ vote by South Aus­tralian Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers on Mon­day al­lows the oval rede­vel­op­ment to pro­ceed to the next phase in plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion.

The con­struc­tion of a new stand will cre­ate many jobs in Ade­laide as will po­ten­tial re­lated de­vel­op­ments along the River Tor­rens to cap­i­talise on the num­ber of peo­ple who will be drawn to the city.

Con­struc­tion of the $2.7 bil­lion new hos­pi­tal, that is set to open in 2016 and will pro­vide many job op­por­tu­ni­ties for the con­struc­tion in­dus­try, has be­gun al­ready.

Trans­port projects and up­grades also will keep the in­dus­try work­ing hard over the next few years.

The State Gov­ern­ment is work­ing to­wards im­prov­ing our roads sys­tem.

The South­ern Ex­press­way Du­pli­ca­tion pro­ject, from Dar­ling­ton to Old Noar­lunga, is an 18.5km stretch that is set to cut travel times by 13 min­utes for peo­ple who travel to and from the south.

With con­struc­tion sched­uled to be­gin late this year and due for com­ple­tion in mid-2014, the pro­ject will in­clude the du­pli­ca­tion of ex­ist­ing in­ter­changes.

The elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of Ade­laide’s rail net­work will help fu­ture-proof the city’s pub­lic trans­port and will cre­ate a vi­brant, state-of-the-art sys­tem.

It is one of the most com­plex trans­port projects un­der­taken by the State Gov­ern­ment and is part of a larger $2.6 bil­lion 10-year pub­lic trans­port up­grade.

More than 100km of tracks will be elec­tri­fied from Gawler to Seaford and Ade­laide to Outer Har­bour. The gov­ern­ment is in­vest­ing more than $400 mil­lion a year over five years to up­grade the sys­tem to re­place the age­ing diesel-fu­elled trains.

De­sign con­tracts will start soon and in­stal­la­tion of poles along the Noar­lunga line is ex­pected to be­gin next year.

A fur­ther train line ex­ten­sion from Noar­lunga to Seaford District Cen­tre will cre­ate fur­ther jobs.

Con­struc­tion be­gins early this year, with the ex­ten­sion sched­uled to be op­er­a­tional by 2013.

Pic­ture: Jo-Anna Robin­son

Work­ers on the new Ade­laide Oval grand­stand. There will be more op­por­tu­ni­ties with a planned rede­vel­op­ment.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.