Large-scale projects opening door to jobs
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.
Workers on the new Adelaide Oval grandstand. There will be more opportunities with a planned redevelopment.