Council welcomes CAT Taskforce investment

Burnie City Council welcomes today’s announcement by the Caterpillar Transition Taskforce of $1 million funding to create advanced manufacturing jobs in the region.

Burnie Mayor Anita Dow said, “Today’s announcement is welcomed by Council and the community, and is very timely considering that redundancies are already in place for some Caterpillar employees.”

“Considering the economic impact of these job losses will be felt right across the region it is encouraging that this funding from the Advanced Manufacturing Transition Fund will be spread across the North and North West. It has always been an objective of the Taskforce to retain as many of these skilled workers in the region as possible, and these co-investment opportunities go some way to ensuring this.”

“I thank Specialised Vehicle Solutions for their commitment to advanced manufacturing in Burnie and wish them well in their endeavours. This co-investment is particularly important given the flow-on effect to supply chain businesses. If supply chain businesses are supported to expand there will be more employment opportunities for our people.”

“The five projects that were announced today are a testament to the quality of work that the advanced manufacturing industry is capable of delivering in this region.”

“The announcement of the second round of funding is also welcomed and it is hoped that this will lead to even more innovative opportunities for the advanced manufacturing sector in our region and the creation of more jobs in the near future.”

 

For further information please contact

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

Email: jphillips@burnie.net