Project holds hope for jobs

THE proposed private port and livestock holding facility is just one of a number of major projects that could help revitalise Kwinana, an area which is suffering rampant unemployment after massive job losses.

Recent figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics put the local unemployment rate at almost 13 per cent, the highest in the metropolitan area.

But with several major construction projects about to begin, the future is looking brighter.

The $200 million Jervoise Bay marine industrial project will establish an 80ha engineering and fabrication precinct close to shipping facilities.

It is envisaged the project will allow WA companies to compete for international work.

According to Department of Commerce and Trade chief executive Richard Muirhead, the completed Jervoise Bay marine project would bring millions of dollars into the area.

“We expect private sector companies (established in the precinct) to attract work valued at around $200 million a year,” Mr Muirhead said.

“These contracts will create 1000 direct full-time jobs in the heavy fabrication industry. The project is also creating 400 construction jobs.”

Tenders for civil and on-site facilities will be invited later this month.

Construction on a $560 million waste-to-energy plant, which has the potential to convert all of Perth’s household rubbish into useable water and electricity, is expected to start in mid-September.

The Global Olivine plant, backed by a New Zealand consortium, will use ultra-high temperature combustion units to convert 1.2 million tonnes of waste each year into 29 million tonnes of distilled water and enough clean electricity to power 78,000 houses.

It is hoped the plant, which is to be located in the Kwinana industrial strip, will eventually eliminate the need for landfill.

Another environmentally-friendly project is also about to start up on the industrial strip.

Tox Free Solutions is building a plant with the capabilities to clean up to 18,000 tonnes of polluted soil a year.

The company will construct a thermal desorption unit in Kwinana, which would separate contaminants from soils using temperatures of more than 350 degrees.

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