John Bowler

John Bowler

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

    Concern at closure of Loongana Lime operation

    7/07/2006 10:21 AM
     
    06/07/06

    Goldfields-Esperance Minister John Bowler has expressed concern about the closure and subsequent loss of jobs at Loongana Limes’ quicklime kiln operations at Parkeston.

    Mr Bowler said he was pleased that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission was involved in the process of approving the acquisition of Loongana Lime by Adelaide Brighton and he would follow the progress of the investigation.

    The Minister said he hoped the 40-odd workers would be able to quickly find jobs in the Kalgoorlie region, minimising the impact on the individuals and their families.

    Mr Bowler said the closure of the local operations was an important warning to local businesses, because some of the larger mines had not supported Loongana Lime and would now be at the mercy of a monopoly.

    “The Goldfields mining industry should look at doing all they can to support local suppliers,” he said.

    “If there is a loss of competition in the market place, it could result in higher prices and the companies which fail to support local businesses will only have themselves to blame.”

    The Minister understands that the acquisition involves the mine at Rawlinna and crushing and screening at Parkeston.

    “A successful sale of these operations will help secure the remaining jobs,” he said.

    Mr Bowler said it was unfortunate and disappointing that public criticism by a handful of vocal residents might have contributed to the closure of the Loongana Lime kiln and resulted in the local job losses.

    He praised the dedicated staff of Parkeston, who had worked hard to minimise any environmental impact on nearby residents and help maintain the plant’s viability and said the closure was no fault of theirs.

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