Caterpillar restructure

Mayor Steve Kons said, “Today’s announcement of Caterpillar’s restructure in Burnie is very disappointing news.

“This decision will be felt by local families, the general business community and other businesses that supply Caterpillar.

“This announcement will have a significant impact on manufacturing on the North-West Coast.”

Mayor Kons urged the Government to actively support manufacturing.

“Federal and State Governments need to understand the impact of this decision and the significance of this loss for our region and need to support manufacturing at a level that has not been undertaken before.

“The Burnie City Council is cognisant that reliance on a small number of large businesses is not sustainable and that we have to deal with such occurrences into the future. We are prepared to take action to see that there is a diversification of industry in our region.”

In recent times Council has:

  • Backed the expansion of the University footprint by providing a site for its future expansion.
  • Financially assisted the expansion of the Lion cheese production facility.
  • Supported the rezoning of land to support the Bunnings development
  • Supported the Tasrail redevelopment of its facility at the Burnie port.

“We have to ensure that future employment is protected through a more diverse economy and Burnie Council on behalf of its community will continue to ensure that all opportunities are sought to overcome the present difficulties experienced by one of our major employers.

“We particularly feel for all those employees who will lose their jobs,” Mayor Kons said.  

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728