ALL SET TO AID LO­CALS

Townsville Bulletin - - PRIME SITE - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON

WESTERN Labour Hire has opened its first Townsville of­fice in a bid to se­cure its place in sup­ply­ing work­ers to the min­ing and con­struc­tion in­dus­tries.

The Clon­curry- based com­pany spe­cialises in indige­nous em­ploy­ment and has con­tracts to sup­ply labour to large- scale clients in­clud­ing Glen­core, South 32 and Cudeco.

It has de­cided to open in Townsville to en­able it to ex­pand its work­force and sup­ply labour for new min­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and up­com­ing projects in North Queens­land.

The busi­ness has leased an of­fice on Thuringowa Drive in Kir­wan, per­fectly sit­u­ated to cater to both indige­nous and non- indige­nous peo­ple look­ing for work in min­ing and con­struc­tion.

Western Labour Hire di­rec­tor Dionne Con­nolly said the Townsville of­fice was vi­tal to ac­cess­ing more work­ers and the com­pany was now po­si­tioned well to sup­ply labour to a huge va­ri­ety of projects.

“To en­sure we can re­main as a value- add and have a very strong pres­ence in the sup­ply chain, we needed to ac­cess more peo­ple,” she said. “To en­gage as many of the un­em­ployed and indige­nous peo­ple as we could, this was the sub­urb ( Kir­wan) and we’re one block from Wil­lows ( Shop­ping Cen­tre).

“We do have ex­ist­ing con­tracts that re­quire large vol­umes of peo­ple.

“There are op­por­tu­ni­ties here right now within in­dus­tries we op­er­ate in to start es­tab­lish­ing re­la­tion­ships where lo­cal peo­ple will get the first pref­er­ence for work.

“At the mo­ment all our con­tracts are drive- in or fly- in but we’re try­ing to change that.”

The busi­ness prides it­self on find­ing em­ploy­ees per­ma­nent po­si­tions.

It also plans to rein­vest back into the com­mu­nity by us­ing prof­its to ad­dress so­cio- eco­nomic bar­ri­ers.

Ms Con­nolly said it wanted to ac­quire res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties in Townsville to of­fer hous­ing se­cu­rity to em­ploy­ees in the some­times volatile labour hire mar­ket.

“Part of our strate­gic plan is to pur­chase com­mer­cial prop­erty to op­er­ate out of but also pur­chase res­i­den­tial prop­erty so our em­ploy­ees know they will have a roof over their heads,” she said. TONYT RAGGATT 4722 4439 CHRISTIECHR AN­DER­SON 4722 4741

Pic­ture: SCOTT RADFORD- CHISHOLM

FOR NORTH: Western Labour Hire di­rec­tor Dionne Con­nolly with her staff at the Kir­wan of­fice.

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