The West Live: Why the South West may be facing a manufacturing boom

The West Australian
AMWU state secretary Steve McCartney
Camera IconAMWU state secretary Steve McCartney Credit: Supplied

Manufacturing jobs in WA's South West region could be an economic lifeline for the State post-pandemic, according to the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union’s Steve McCartney.

The WA branch secretary said the union is campaigning for a South West manufacturing hub, which he claims would include incentives for local jobs and apprentices, better local content rules and free TAFE courses for key skills up to Certificate IV.

As revealed in The West Australian on Saturday, Mr McCartney's hub would rival the scale of the Australian Marine Complex at Henderson and is being considered for a site near the old Picton railyards close to Bunbury.

Speaking to The West Live host Jenna Clarke from 8.45am, Mr McCartney will discuss why the 500ha site has been earmarked and what the AMWU campaign will include.

Mr McCartney has said he is already talking with members and delegates about the plan, with the City of Bunbury understood to be backing the proposal.

Listen live from 8.45am here.

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