BIG government projects will be the key to creating more jobs for Belmont businesses if Labor wins next year’s state election, according to leader Mark McGowan.
But local Liberal MLA Glenys Godfrey said Labor “continually ignores Belmont” and local residents “deserve better”.
Mr McGowan visited two local businesses recently and said creating more jobs closer to where people live would be a key priority.
“WA Labor’s Plan for Jobs announced in April, the most comprehensive employment plan ever developed in WA, will create more than 50,000 jobs across the state,” he said. “The plan includes a big focus on providing opportunities for local businesses to benefit from big government projects.
“We will enact legislation to create the Western Australian Industry Participation Plan Act to create the opportunities for local (small and medium enterprises) to compete for government contracts.”
He said Labor would maximise apprenticeships and training positions in government contract work.
Mr McGowan visited the Belvidere Street IGA supermarket in Redcliffe and WesTrac in South Guildford with East Metropolitan MLC Samantha Rowe and Belmont Labor candidate Cassie Rowe.
Ms Godfrey said the City had deliberately fostered a relationship with commercial and industrial businesses in the area that had achieved great results.