Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Local fabrication companies join forces to win work

    9/12/2005 12:00 AM

    A group of local fabrication companies have joined forces in an effort to win more contracts in the South-West and Peel regions.

    Officially launching the new South West and Peel Fabricators’ Cluster in Bunbury today, South-West and Peel Minister Mark McGowan said the initiative would make it easier for large companies to acquire services, while ensuring more contracts were filled with local businesses.

    “There is a huge demand for fabrication services during the current construction boom and it makes sense that local companies benefit,” Mr McGowan said.

    “By coming together as one cohesive group, local fabricators can maximise their chances of finding work on big construction projects such as the Worsley Alumina expansion and the Perth-to-Bunbury Highway.

    “Companies needing a variety of fabricators will be able to contact the cluster facilitator - Bunbury businessman David Kerr - who, in turn, will be able to liaise with local businesses to help secure contracts.

    “He will also be developing a members’ products and services directory, and promoting the cluster through public relations and consultation with industry and business.

    “This will not only streamline the contracting process for large companies, but also help local businesses compete for major projects.”

    The South West Development Commission (SWDC), in partnership with the Peel Development Commission, the Bunbury-Wellington Economic Alliance and the Fabricators’ Cluster Committee, has been behind the development of the cluster.

    Mr McGowan said the State Government had provided $15,000 in the 2006 Peel Regional Development Scheme (RDS) funding round to the Bunbury-Wellington Economic Alliance to get the fabricators’ cluster off the ground. This funding was in addition to $10,000 provided by the SWDC earlier this year.

    “Initiatives like this are an example of Government and industry working together as a partnership,” the Minister said.

    “The RDS aims to assist with the economic and social development of regional Western Australia and is one of the ways in which the Gallop Government is helping to create more jobs and opportunities for locals.”

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