WA companies win $14 billion in mining contracts

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The WA Government says around $14 billion of resources contracts have been awarded to local companies since last July.

According to the ABC the contracts were awarded to 63 WA-based companies, but the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union is suspicious of the Government’s figures.

WA Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien said in a statement the figures showed the mining industry had boosted local companies and created thousands of mining-related jobs.

"Contracts have been let for fabrication, engineering, environmental management, logistics, design, plant construction, safety, information and communications technology and workforce accommodation,” he said.

“This $14billion figure is extremely important in terms of the stimulus it is providing to the local economy at a time when other States are facing static or declining growth prospects.”

O’Brien said the diversity of the contracts was also an indication the Government’s move to encourage local content on mining projects was working.

But AMWU WA secretary Steve Mccartney told the ABC the Government’s figures were not transparent and ignored the contracts being sent offshore.

"I think if they did a tally of all the work that went offshore it would absolutely dwarf this $14 billion," he said.

Local content remains a hot topic in WA’s mining and manufacturing industries, with resources giant Chevron last week being granted an interim injunction preventing unions from protesting near its buildings.

Last year 4,000 to 5,000 angry protestors marched on Chevron’s offices in Perth demanding the company do more to support local jobs and training.

Image: Rio Tinto

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