Council welcomes Structural Adjustment Package

Burnie City Council has welcomed Brett Whiteley’s announcement of a package of measures to assist workers impacted by the pending transition of Caterpillar Underground Mining manufacturing to Thailand.

Burnie Mayor Anita Dow said, “Council welcomes the Federal Government’s proposal and hopes it will ensure that Caterpillar employees, employees of supply chain manufacturers and their families are well supported and given every opportunity to stay in this region.”

“The $2.3m in federal funding for employment and training assistance 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.”

“Council welcomes the appointment of a Transition Facilitator, a role that we have advocated for in our community. This local on the ground resource will help reconnect workers with employment and training opportunities. The fact that this position will also liaise with tier one supply chain businesses is very positive, as coordination across the advanced manufacturing sector will be critical to the successful outcomes of this funding package.”

“The Jobs Fair will also be an excellent opportunity for retrenched workers to network and explore potential job opportunities.”

For further information please contact

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