Plans for more jobs needed

Colin Vann and Doug Thorncroft.       
Colin Vann and Doug Thorncroft.       

Yanchep�s Colin Vann and Wangara business owner Doug Thorncroft are calling for action to help skill and retrain people in the City of Wanneroo.

Addressing the council in Two Rocks last month, Mr Vann questioned what ideas or help councillors could offer to develop employment prospects, particularly for youth.

�The population is zooming ahead up here. I�ve never seen so many rooftops and no sign of employment,� he said.

Speaking to the Times last week, Mr Vann said a structured body to rally behind bettering training options in the community would help drive mentoring projects.

Mr Thorncroft, who plans to stand for council in the October elections, said rolling out training hubs across the City would create space for seniors to offer their time and experience to youth seeking career paths.

He said a purpose-built facility would be needed in the Yanchep-Two Rocks area but under-used community facilities in the other suburbs could host training and weekly courses.

�The unemployment rate seems to be a lot higher in the (Yanchep-Two Rocks) area but we want to look at the whole City of Wanneroo to be able to get some idea what can be done to help the unemployed,� he said.

�Part of it�s the mining bust, that�s done it, and a lot of people have come over here from the eastern states to live because they are going to fly-in, fly-out from Perth but now they�ve lost their jobs and we�re overpopulated with unemployed people.

�You�ve got to have some sort of direction; now is the time to start retraining.�

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the City would be happy to liaise with anyone wishing to set up a training facility.

She said the City was presently working on its economic development strategy which would set the direction for economic development over the next 16 years, with the draft expected to be out for public comment before the end of the financial year.

�A key focus for the City is increasing the number and diversity of local jobs to support the growing population,� she said.

As part of the strategy, the City�s Youth Team, RAP Working Group and other stakeholders including education providers would work to identify specific business workshops or training needs for the aged, youth and those with disabilities.

Mrs Roberts said the Northern Coastal Growth Corridor which includes Alkimos, Eglinton, Yanchep and Two Rocks was expected to accommodate 55 per cent of the City�s growth until 2036.

The future Yanchep Strategic Metropolitan Centre would bring about 25,000 jobs to the area and the Neerabup Industrial Area had the potential for 20,000, she said.