State politics: steel industry calls for more support from government


One Steel Reinforcing regional operations manager Lee Wood, State Opposition leader Mark McGowan and local Labor candidate Stephen Price tour the facility in Forrestfield.
One Steel Reinforcing regional operations manager Lee Wood, State Opposition leader Mark McGowan and local Labor candidate Stephen Price tour the facility in Forrestfield.

A FORRESTFIELD-based business leader has urged the State Government to keep jobs and business local to support the steel industry.

One Steel Reinforcing state manager Michael Hurley said more demand was needed to support the industry after a visit from opposition leader Mark McGowan last week.

“We have work spread across the whole State in terms of residential and construction jobs through all aspects of the steel industry,” Mr Hurley said.

“We hope there will be more work for West Australian businesses in the pipeline as we have had to restructure the workforce to meet current lessened demand.

“The business has been re-set to the market but I urge the government in WA to keep the work local and consider jobs for those in Perth in awarding contracts.”

Mr McGowan said there were a number of defunct government agencies that could be reinstated to help WA businesses successfully tender for government work.

He said the plan would require a new set of key principles, enshrined in legislation.

Mr McGowan also said the Labor plan for transport, which inclues the Metronet package, would offer the steel industry more work.