The Andrews Government is not doing all it can to ensure Latrobe Valley residents and businesses have a fair go at winning local employment opportunities, according to Member for Morwell Russell Northe.
Speaking in parliament this week Mr Northe said he had been told there was a distinct lack of information coming from Government regarding expressions of interest for local major projects and employment opportunities.
“On the one hand the Premier says that he will fight for every job, well he also needs to ensure that people within the Morwell electorate have the opportunity to participate in State Government funded projects in our community,” Mr Northe said.
Mr Northe said the Andrews Government had not been open and transparent with many major projects in the Latrobe Valley leaving many locals asking questions as to how employment opportunities may be sought.
“With respect to the Morwell Primary School Regeneration Project and the development of stage 2a at Latrobe Regional Hospital to which the Coalition provided $73 million, it is imperative that local residents and contractors have the opportunity to participate in these works,” he said.
Mr Northe believes the State Government should also do all it can to assist locals wishing to access employment through private projects such as the construction of an Esso pipeline which was contracted to Nacap.
“Again local qualified personnel have put to me that they have found it extremely difficult to obtain adequate information and support to participate in this project,” he said.
“It is a source of frustration that these projects are occurring in our backyard yet suitably qualified locals are missing out on this work.
“Whilst I appreciate this is private investment the Government should at least be paying due regard to these matters and doing all it can to provide support to workers in the Latrobe Valley to ensure they have the best opportunity in gaining employment through such projects.”
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