Major investments to move Western Australian coal workers to new industries

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The Western Australian (WA) Labor Party government has attracted new industries and created new local jobs in the southwestern town of Collie, with 1,200 coal workers in the region moving to new roles and the future of the town. We promised $ 662 million ($ 465.2 million) to help secure it. ..

By 2030, the government will have all state-owned coal-fired power plants in Washington State (all in or near Collie) on Tuesday due to the massive spread of rooftop solar power and other renewable energies. It was after announcing that it would be abolished. situation.

Collie’s 340 MW power plant will close its doors in late 2027, and the nearby 854 MW Muja Complex will be gradually closed and completely closed by 2029, leaving 1,200 people unemployed.

The new $ 547 million investment will be built on the basis of $ 115 million. In addition, the Government of Western Australia has already invested in Collie’s economic diversification and transition, including a new $ 200 million Collie Industry Transition Fund to attract new industries and major projects to the town. ..

The fund will focus on strengthening industrial land readiness and supporting new emerging industries such as battery manufacturing, wind turbine manufacturing, hydrogen, mineral processing and green cement.

The provincial government will implement orderly and coordinated decommissioning work shortly after the Muja and Collie power plants retire, respectively. With an estimated $ 300 million investment, a blue-collar workforce has been created for several years after closure, creating a continuous work pipeline.

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Landscape map of an open pit coal mine in Muja near Collie, Western Australia.
(Philip Schubert / Adob ‚Äč‚ÄčeStock)

Prime Minister Mark Magawan said on Tuesday that his government has promised to support Collie’s economic diversification and create new industries and blue-collar jobs in the town.

“This package works to attract new industries, create jobs, subsidize local businesses, and support new training and career paths for workers,” he said.

The Collie Jobs and Skills Center has been expanded to improve workers’ skills by leveraging free careers, training, employment advice, free skill assessments, and workers’ existing skills and knowledge for individuals and businesses. Provides awareness of pre-learning to acquire formal skills. Qualifications and free training for affected workers who want to get a full qualification or take a short course.

A new Collie Futures Curriculum Fund will be established to develop industry-specific skills training, job seekers will receive employment opportunity-related support, and employers will also be assisted in attracting and hiring employees.

Energy Minister Bill Johnston said on Tuesday that the government is focusing on ensuring that high-quality, high-paying local jobs continue in the types of heavy industry known in the Collie region. ..

“The location of the town, the existing power infrastructure, and the skilled local workforce mean that it will remain central to the state’s energy-generating efforts,” he said.

“In addition to coordinated power plant decommissioning work and new industrial projects, this program offers new opportunities for blue-collar workers in Collie and the surrounding area.”

Meanwhile, Jodie Hanns, a member of Collie Preston, emphasized that the Government of Western Australia has been working closely with industry and communities in the region over the past five years to lay the foundation for the transition.

“Collie has a long future as an industrial city, including exciting opportunities in many new emerging industries. We guarantee that quality local work will continue in the region for the next few years.” She said.

But Western Australia’s liberal leader, David Honey, said he wants the government to elaborate on what specific jobs are available to former coal workers.

“We need to understand the details behind the work that replaces the work lost due to the closure of the Collie power plant, not an extensive training program,” he said.

Steve Milne

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Steve is a Sydney-based Australian reporter with sports, arts and politics. He is an experienced English teacher, a qualified nutritionist, a sports enthusiast, and an amateur musician. Contact him at [email protected].

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