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Capital Metro to boost local industry

By 23 June 2014 7

A Capital Metro local industry policy released today will pave the way for local businesses and local workers to take advantage of the 3,500 jobs that will be created during construction of the project.

Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said the policy demonstrates the intent of the government to use the momentum of the Capital Metro project to support local industry.

“We already know that Capital Metro will support around 3,500 jobs during construction and this policy sets a direction for a number of potential activities aimed at supporting local business involvement in the project,’’ Mr Corbell said.

“Importantly, the policy demonstrates that industry bodies will be engaged to help develop a full local industry participation plan that will set a clear path towards identifying and pursuing the best local industry participation opportunities.

“A specific focus in this policy is investigating opportunities that will assist vulnerable groups in connecting with work opportunities on the project. Capital Metro will work closely across government and with education providers to optimise work opportunities for these groups.”

Under the local industry policy the government will consult with local business and industry groups to put in place a plan that will help maximise local involvement by:
· Matching local industry skills with those required for the project.

· Identifying gaps that can be managed through forward education planning.

· Identifying opportunities for specific workforce groups.

· Outlining specific plans to maximise participation from high priority groups.

“It’s worth noting that the Capital Metro project will support more than just technical rail jobs. A large component of the work required will be in civil construction trades and this area will be a specific focus for local industry participation activities,” Mr Corbell said.

The ACT government committed more than $20 million in this year’s budget to take the Capital Metro project to investment ready stage. This funding commitment demonstrates the government’s commitment to delivering a project that supports economic growth, jobs and a more sustainable future for Canberra.

(Media Release Simon Corbell)

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7 Responses to Capital Metro to boost local industry
#1
miz7:29 am, 24 Jun 14

Another desperate attempt to justify spending all that money on an unnecessary toy.

#2
dungfungus10:00 am, 24 Jun 14

Consider carefully the use of the following words/phtases in the final paragraph:
-committed,commitment (is mentioned 3 times)
-investment ready
-demonstrates
-delivering
-supports
-sustainable
This means in plain English “it will never happen”.

#3
VYBerlinaV8_is_back10:29 am, 24 Jun 14

It’s a shame we didn’t see words like “feasibility”, “Return on Investment”, “profitable”, or “supported by analysis”.

#4
dungfungus10:54 am, 24 Jun 14

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

It’s a shame we didn’t see words like “feasibility”, “Return on Investment”, “profitable”, or “supported by analysis”.

These are alien concepts to our current government.

#5
miz12:26 pm, 24 Jun 14

Yeah, ‘sustainable’ is the big giveaway – a meaningless buzzword for when you’ve got nothing.

#6
VYBerlinaV8_is_back2:11 pm, 24 Jun 14

miz said :

Yeah, ‘sustainable’ is the big giveaway – a meaningless buzzword for when you’ve got nothing.

Oh it’s completely sustainable, provided we’re happy to sustain it from other financial sources (like rates).

#7
gazket2:34 pm, 24 Jun 14

lets look who built the Gold Coast light rail. 13km costs $1.6 billion and apparently the train is noisy so an extension running to the Parliamentary triangle will never happen because we know they hate noise there.

Bombardier Transportation – Canadian – passenger rail vehicles, locomotives, bogies, propulsion, and controls
Downer EDI – New Zealand – provides engineering and infrastructure management services
McConnell Dowell – South African – Contracting
Plenary Group – International – manage public infrastructure
Keolis – French – The largest private sector French transport group. They also run Melbourne trams.

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