Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Former Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business

    5,000 workers needed for Wheatstone

    18/07/2012 12:00 AM
    • New Kewdale facility central location to find a job on Wheatstone project
    • State Govt’s Local Industry Participation Framework figures rising
    • More than $20b in publicly announced contracts for WA-based business

    Commerce Minister Simon O'Brien today attended the launch of the Wheatstone Jobs Facility which will be central to the recruitment of more than 5,000 workers for the $29billion Wheatstone LNG Project.


    Mr O'Brien said he understood that Chevron and head contractor, Bechtel, firmly intended to fill as many positions as possible, first and foremost, within Australia. 


    “I congratulate Chevron and Bechtel for taking this action at a time when there is considerable discussion about resource project proponents, and their attitude to the use of Australian workers,” he said. 


    “In my experience, project proponents are very keen to employ locally; and overseas sourcing is only pursued when no viable local alternative exists.


    “This has resulted in this State and this country having some of the lowest unemployment rates in the world.


    “The State Government will continue to work with industry to achieve high levels of local content.


    “I want to make it clear we are already achieving higher than 80 per cent levels of local content on onshore projects and 50 per cent and growing levels on offshore projects.


    “If you are looking for a job, Western Australia is the place you would want to be.”


    The jobs facility will enable individuals to register their skills and be considered for relevant vacancies.  Medical facilities will also operate on-site to facilitate the recruitment process.


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