Amidst forecasts of a massive miner shortfall in the state, Gindalbie has launched a recruitment campaign for its Karara iron ore mine.
Gindalbie is seeking up to 200 workers, all fly in fly out, for the $2.47 billion project.
The campaign will mainly focus on skilled tradespeople in Western Australia’s south and mid-west.
The miner launched the campaign as production commences and the operation ramps up to a Stage 1 level of ten million tonnes of iron ore annually.
According to Karara chief Steve Murdoch, the mine has a strong competitive advantage in the market due to its size and location relative to the major population centres of Western Australia’s south west.
“Karara is just a short 45 minute flight from Perth, 60 minutes from Bunbury and 30 minutes from Geraldton. That’s a very appealing option for residents of those areas currently commuting to other regions of Western Australia such as the Pilbara and the Kimberley.
“Because of the Project’s size and locational advantages, we are able to offer appealing fly-in, fly-out options accessible from across Western Australia.
“When it comes to lifestyle, family and social choices, we believe this is a very important selling point and consideration for employees who might consider Karara as an option when pursuing their career in the mining and resource sector.
Murdoch went on to highlight the current FIFO debate raging in the state, which has seen miners face serious backlash from mining communities such as Newman, where locals have even created a range of bumper stickers hitting out at FIFO miners.
“In light of the debate that continues to rage about the social impacts of fly-in, fly-out operations, including the effect on families and couples who have to endure lengthy periods of separation while they pursue their careers in the mining industry, Karara offers a significant point of difference when compared to other locations," Murdoch said.
New analysis of upcoming resource and infrastructure projects in Western Australia indicates a desperate need for workers to fill job vacancies.
The analysis comes amid new figures from the Bureau of Statistics showing while job creation across Australia was falling, the shortage in Western Australia and Queensland was still acute.
According to the Kalgoorlie Miner Pit Crew Consulting’s analysis of the Goldfields-Esperance region indicated there were 61 projects underway and a further 28 likely to begin this year.
Goldfields-Esperance Workforce Development Alliance president Ron Mosby told the Kalgoorlie Miner the projects meant there would be about 10,000 job vacancies in the area in 2012.
He said demand for workers was tough and in direct competition with WA’s booming northwest and Pilbara regions.
According to Murdoch, the miner plans to have workers in place from March this year.