Alan Carpenter

Alan Carpenter

Premier; Minister for Federal-State Relations; Trade; Innovation; Science; Public Sector Management

Norm Marlborough

Norm Marlborough

Former Minister for Small Business; Peel and the South West; Minister Assisting the Minister for Education and Training

    Go West Now campaign targets skilled workers from around the country

    28/09/2006 11:36 AM

    The silky football skills of Western Australia-based players Cousins, Kerr, Cox and Judd will be on display in this Saturday’s AFL Grand Final. But work skills of another kind are also urgently required in WA.

    Launching the State Government’s Go West Now campaign in Melbourne today, WA Premier Alan Carpenter has invited skilled workers from around the country to share in the exciting employment and lifestyle opportunities currently on offer in WA.

    The $1.2million campaign kicked off with a full-page Go West Now advertisement in a major Victorian newspaper today. There will be another full-page advertisement in a major New South Wales newspaper tomorrow.

    Mr Carpenter said the WA economy was growing even faster than the Chinese economy and needed every hand on deck.

    “Expanding at a rate of 14 per cent, the WA economy is Australia’s strongest and fastest-growing State economy, with unemployment at a record low of 3.6 per cent,” he said.

    “This looks set to continue, with $23.3billion worth of projects currently under construction in this State and public and private investment in infrastructure in WA estimated to reach $650billion over the next 20 years.

    “The only downside to all this is that we are seriously short of skilled workers to build and operate these world-class projects.

    “While we are spending record amounts to train Western Australians, our economy will still need thousands more skilled workers from interstate and overseas if we are to make the most of current opportunities.”

    The Premier said WA also had the best lifestyle in the country.

    “In addition to having heaps of highly paid and highly skilled jobs available, WA has the best weather in Australia, as well as the best beaches and some of the finest food and wine,” he said.

    “It is also a great place to bring up kids, with world-class health and education services.

    “In addition, unlike some parts of Australia, there are no tolls on WA roads and you do not have to pay for parking when you go to the beach.”

    Small Business Minister Norm Marlborough said the Go West Now campaign would also feature outdoor billboard and radio advertising in NSW and Victoria, as well as national print and online advertising. People interested in moving to WA would be directed to register their details at the campaign web site or via the hotline 1 300 GOWEST.

    The campaign would also feature print advertising in WA, encouraging locals to invite skilled friends and family from interstate and overseas to move to this State.

    Mr Carpenter will continue his promotion of WA in a keynote speech at the Australian Investment Conference in Sydney tomorrow.

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