Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman says the Government needs to urgently develop a promotional campaign to entice WA people to come to the regions for work opportunities.
“There are a range of jobs available for young people who want to explore our State and experience life in the regions and there are also opportunities for older people thinking about moving their family to a country town,” Mr Redman said.
The lack of skilled and unskilled workers in the South West is having a detrimental effect on businesses, with jobs and apprenticeships being regularly advertised.
“Due to the lack of available staff, local cafes and restaurants are unable to open every day. With increased visitors looking for a place to eat, it is disappointing their options are limited and we can’t showcase all the region has to offer,” Mr Redman said.
“At a time when our unemployment rate is high, it seems short-sighted of people to not grab every work opportunity available.
“It is incumbent on the Premier to come to the aid of businesses struggling to stay operating because of limited access to workers.”
In Parliament last week, The Nationals asked the Government to consider a campaign to educate and offer ways in which West Australians can work regionally, including training, worker accommodation and promoting how young people can travel around the state following seasonal work.
They asked the Government to investigate possibilities of bringing people into WA under strict quarantine conditions. Many horticultural businesses rely on overseas workers for picking and pruning, and without this expertise crops will go to waste.
“If we can accommodate people coming into WA for AFL games and jobs in the mining sector, then we should be able to bring people into WA to fill gaps, particularly for seasonal work in the agricultural sector,” Mr Redman said.
“Our key focus is keeping people safe, but we also need to manage the risk and develop ways of keeping our local businesses operating.
“There is work available in many communities so if you’re looking for a job, head to regional WA.”