It’s time to get on with the job

Burnie City Council has called for quick responses to outcomes from Tuesday’s Advanced Manufacturing Summit.

Mayor Anita Dow said, “Tuesday’s Advanced Manufacturing Summit provided a great forum for engagement with business and industry with over 70 firms represented. However, in order to build confidence the Government must respond quickly to the outcomes of the summit.”

“Developing partnerships and collaboration are integral to successful outcomes. There must be collaboration between manufacturers, business and industry and it is vital that the Government work in partnership with local manufacturers to promote, strengthen and expand the advanced manufacturing future of our region and secure primary jobs for our region.”

“The importance of continual improvement in local business and developing strong partnerships between all levels of government, business, industry and educators cannot be understated.”

“The summit was a great opportunity for the Government to learn first-hand some of the issues that local businesses are currently facing. Not all businesses are seeking capital investment, some require more practical solutions which will provide an environment for their business to grow. The Government must listen to the needs to these businesses.”

“There must also be a greater focus on customers – attracting new ones and maintaining current ones. The Government needs to play an active role in further promoting the Tasmanian brand – our manufacturing expertise needs to be sold on a national and international level.”

“Science, technology, further education, developing skills and training will all play a really important role in further developing the advanced manufacturing sector in our region.”

“Council welcomes the Government’s announcement of $3 million to support the recommendations of the Caterpillar Transition Taskforce. This initial funding will be allocated to key priorities as determined by the Advanced Manufacturing Taskforce and it is hoped that if significant opportunities are identified that further funding would be available. Council has already put forward several short to mid-term projects which will support interim employment and economic opportunities in the region.”

For further information please contact

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