11 April 2015
Liberal Member for Braddon
Caterpillar - Transition Taskforce
The Hodgman Liberal Government is acting quickly to support
Burnie and the North West Coast community following yesterday’s announcement
This is a devastating blow to the North West Coast
community and Tasmania generally.
We will stand alongside the community.
Yesterday, I spoke with Caterpillar and some of the
workers affected by this terrible news.
We have worked quickly and appropriately to establish
the Transition Taskforce to support affected workers and their families.
I will chair the first meeting of the Transition Taskforce
on Monday, and the Premier Will Hodgman will also attend.
The Taskforce will include, but is not limited to:
- Chair - Jeremy Rockliff
- Dale Elphinstone, Chairman Elphinstone Group
- Anita Dow, Mayor Burnie
- Dan Barich, Director CAT
- Brett Whiteley, Federal Liberal MP
- Mark Fagen, Australian Workers Union
- Lee Whiteley, Managing Director Southern Prospect
- Janelle Allison, Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Tasmania
- Kim Evans, State Growth Secretary
The Taskforce will provide support to the affected workers
and their families by:
processes to support the industry to transition into new areas of opportunity
and retain and strengthen the existing manufacturing capacity in the
- Working with
the community to retain services which support advanced manufacturing
capacity on the Coast;
affected workers with advice and support with skills training to help
transition the workforce to become job ready;
- Continue to
actively seek new investments to grow jobs in the immediate, medium and
- Continue to
work with Caterpillar to support this transition process and the jobs
remaining in Tasmania.
The Department of State Growth’s Rapid Response Team in
the interim is working with CAT to assist on the ground,
working with affected workers to support them through these challenging times.
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