Council calls for action for CAT families and suppliers

Burnie City Council has called for action from the Federal and State governments following today’s Transition Taskforce meeting.

Mayor Anita Dow said “While the today’s meeting was positive, our community is seeking clear direction as to the future of the region. Our community wants to understand what actions will come from this group the short, medium, and long-term and it is important that this group is outcome driven.

“I look forward to the next Taskforce meeting, knowing that this outcomes focused group will have developed a clear plan of action for our community.

“As a city, and a region, our people are our greatest asset and therefore Council’s first priority is to support and practically assist direct employees and local manufacturers in any way we can. We must not lose sight of what is really important - the welfare of those workers, their families and the long term economic impacts this decision will have on the region.

“That is why today; I advised the Taskforce that Council will be continuing a program to assist the families of those affected workers. Council will be hosting information and support evenings for the partners of workers, something we know that has been highly valued when held previously. We will also be working in partnership with government and Caterpillar to provide assistance to employees and supply chain manufacturers.

“Council will also be playing a key role in working with the Department of State Growth to assess the impact Caterpillar’s decision will have on our regional communities. This issue does not just affect the community of Burnie, it affects the whole region and our priority is to ensure that businesses continue to prosper, and people continue to work and live in our region.”

“It is also vital that there is a long term and well-resourced plan for creating sustainable economic development in the region. Advanced manufacturing will always be an important part of our region’s economy, but we must diversify so that we are no longer reliant on one industry or business. Council looks forward to working with other levels of government, the University of Tasmania, industry and unions to develop this plan”.

For further information please contact

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