Council backs Whiteley's call for Caterpillar funding

Burnie City Council has welcomed Brett Whiteley’s call for federal funding to help keep Caterpillar Underground Mining workers employed and in the region.

Burnie Mayor Anita Dow said, “Council calls on the Federal Government to make this proposal a reality enabling Caterpillar employees to be well supported and their families to stay in this region.”

“Mr Whiteley’s quest for $1.5m in federal funding to help in part to train and up-skill workers complements the work that is currently being undertaken by the Caterpillar Transition Taskforce, which has already allocated $2m to a transition fund aimed at encouraging private investment and creating immediate employment opportunities.”

“Advanced manufacturing does have a future here on the Coast, but in order for it to be long-term we need to retain our skilled workforce and offer alternate employment opportunities in the advanced manufacturing sector.”

“Council has already identified a list of projects that could offer short to medium-term employment opportunities for affected Caterpillar workers and these are formally tabled for the consideration of taskforce members. It is important that some immediate employment and/or training opportunities are identified as soon as possible.”

“A position to co-ordinate job opportunities would be useful but it would be important for this person to have strong local relationships, knowledge of the local community and of course an understanding of the local advanced manufacturing sector. Council may be able to assist in facilitating this role if funding was made available.”

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728