Por­tal a win for lo­cal work­ers

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

A new jobs por­tal launched by oil and gas gi­ant Wood­side will give Kar­ratha res­i­dents first ac­cess to jobs avail­able on the com­pany’s projects be­fore fly-in, fly-out work­ers get a look-in.

The lo­cal jobs por­tal was launched on Fri­day at the North West Shelf Visi­tor Cen­tre by WA Pre­mier Mark McGowan.

The on­line tool will al­low Kar­ratha res­i­dents to regis­ter their skills and avail­abil­ity for job op­por­tu­ni­ties with Wood­side and its con­trac­tors.

Wood­side chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Meg O’Neill said Wood­side would talk to other lo­cal em­ploy­ers about us­ing the por­tal to boost lo­cal jobs.

“The por­tal we see as a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to make sure job op­por­tu­ni­ties cre­ated at KGP and Pluto get out very quickly to the peo­ple who live in Kar­ratha,” she said.

“We see it as a great op­por­tu­nity to get in­for­ma­tion in the hands of lo­cal res­i­dents, as well as prospec­tive fu­ture lo­cal res­i­dents so they can par­tic­i­pate in the projects we have here.”

Pil­bara MLA Kevin Michel said the por­tal would sup­port the lo­cal econ­omy through the ex­pan­sion of Pluto and the Browse and Scar­bor­ough projects. “This is the best day of my life,” he said.

“Kar­ratha work­ers have the skill and the knowl­edge to do this work and the lo­cal jobs por­tal will en­sure they are in the box seat for fu­ture job op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Mr McGowan said the por­tal was a key part of ne­go­ti­a­tions to al­low con­struc­tion of Wood­side’s Bay Vil­lage work camp.

“The lo­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion plan will en­sure that the next wave of Wood­side projects create di­rect jobs for peo­ple in Kar­ratha,” he said.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Pil­bara MLA Kevin Michel, WA Pre­mier Mark McGowan and Wood­side chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Meg O'Neill.

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