John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Beaconsfield miners urged to 'go west'

    6/06/2006 5:00 PM

    The Western Australian State Government, in conjunction with the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA, is urging the newly redundant miners from Beaconsfield in Tasmania to consider relocating to WA.

    Resources Minister John Bowler said that with WA’s booming economy and skills shortage, those workers who had accepted redundancies should consider heading west with their much sought after skills.

    “While there are opportunities in the resources sector around the globe, WA has the jobs and lifestyle ready and waiting for skilled workers,” Mr Bowler said.

    “The impacts of the tragic rockfall and subsequent troubles faced by the Beaconsfield operation will be felt for years to come. However, the skilled workers who have lost jobs in Tasmania are needed throughout the WA resources sector.

    “A pool of experienced miners does not become available every day and I urge the Beaconsfield miners and WA mining companies to discuss any appropriate opportunities and not only help their own operations, but secure the future of the displaced miners and their families.”

    Chamber of Minerals and Energy director of programs and member services Reg Howard-Smith said the WA mining sector was continuing to experience unprecedented growth and there was a continuing demand for skilled workers.

    “While chamber members are experiencing good times, they continue to raise skills shortages as an issue,” Mr Howard-Smith said.

    “The Beaconsfield miners are in a unique position to benefit from this situation and start afresh in WA.”

    Skilled workers looking to take up opportunities in WA should contact the Small Business Development Corporation on 131 BIZ (131 249).

    Minister's office: 9222 9699