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Capital Metro to support more than 3,500 jobs during construction

By Canfan 2 June 2014 24

The Capital Metro project will support more than 3,500 jobs during construction and many more into the future according to a report by global firm EY released today.

Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said the jobs created by the light rail project that links Gungahlin and the city will provide an immediate boost to the ACT as well as continuing to support the economy well into the future.

“We now have a good indication of the total number of jobs that will be supported by the Capital Metro light rail project and it is a big boost for the ACT,” Mr Corbell said.

“Light rail is well known for its ability to stimulate economies and support significant job numbers both during construction and operation.

“In a time when many jobs will be lost in the ACT, it is great to see the positive economic injection that Capital Metro will have to the ACT economy in the short and long term. This benefit coupled with the increased commercial activity that typically occurs around light rail mean that Capital Metro is poised to deliver a significant boost to the ACT economy.

“Predictably employment requirements for building the light rail are mostly made up of construction and engineering. Some of the highest demand will likely be bricklayers, carpenters, joiners and labourers. But it does not stop there as it is always the case that there will be flow on effects in to areas such as hospitality, retail and other services.”

The EY report shows that light rail along the city to Gungahlin corridor will support 50,000 jobs through to 2047.

“Light Rail will deliver so much more than a transport benefit for Canberra and this is why the ACT Government have been so intent on Canberra planning for the future and delivering city-changing infrastructure.”

The Capital Metro Agency will be engaging with local industry to help connect local talent with opportunities that the project provides.

“While there will always be an element of national or international expertise used, we are very interested in the elements of the project that can be delivered locally through a partnership with a lead contractor.”

(Simon Corbell Media Release)

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dungfungus 11:06 am 03 Jun 14

PantsMan said :

Paying 3,500 people to dig holes would also “create jobs”.

This media release is an admission that the whole Monorail is a financial disaster waiting to happen. The only positive Mr 1909 votes can provide is that some people will get jobs building it. This raises the following questions:

* Are these people usually resident in the ACT, or will they have to be imported from other jurisdictions?

* Is there currently 3 per cent unemployment in the ACT? Will this simply push up the cost of construction?

* Given that there is full employment, which industries will have jobs destroyed to provide labour for the Monorail?

No cashflow or patronage models yet?

A saw the clowns on Stateline ACT who are running this circus, and they are certainly not the cream of the ACT public service (if there is any such thing).

We need a new Canberra convention centre like Custer needed more Indians, also.
Who thinks up all these crazy ideas?

Masquara 7:20 am 03 Jun 14

justin heywood said :

Masquara said :

?….Where is Mayor Rattenbury on this by the way? Has there been a peep out of him?

Good point. In the last few weeks on RiotACT we’ve had Rattenbury, Barr and lesser Labor luminaries being kind enough to give us their thoughts on Federal politics, but here we are with the biggest ACT project since…the GDE, and all of a sudden they’re gone all quiet again, or shy, or embarrassed…

Perhaps they are officially relying on John Hargreaves as the current voice on ACT Government matters.

Martyn94 1:07 am 03 Jun 14

haroldbeagle said :

If anyone wants a preview of what will happen if this goes ahead, have a look at the just (finally) opened trams in Edinburgh:

“In the decade since the first money was allocated to the project, the price has doubled, the network has halved and it has taken twice as long to build as originally planned.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-27602618

If you think that’s a preview, you are being optimistic. Even if their tramway has problems, Edinburgh is at least a city: 50 % more population in less than a third the area. Plus more subjective factors – like something worth getting off the tram for at the end of the line.

justin heywood 11:34 pm 02 Jun 14

Masquara said :

?….Where is Mayor Rattenbury on this by the way? Has there been a peep out of him?

Good point. In the last few weeks on RiotACT we’ve had Rattenbury, Barr and lesser Labor luminaries being kind enough to give us their thoughts on Federal politics, but here we are with the biggest ACT project since…the GDE, and all of a sudden they’re gone all quiet again, or shy, or embarrassed…

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