This week Kalbar Operations hosted an industry event to outline the business opportunities that the Fingerboards project will generate. Representatives from State and local government, education and training providers, employment agencies and local industry attended and discussed how they can work together to maximise local impact.
The East Gippsland and Wellington Shire Council regions have a lot of industry capability and local skills upon which to draw. The Fingerboards project will provide a significant opportunity to employ the skills and industry capability available locally, and Kalbar Operations is committed to providing local partnerships to ensure that these skills and capabilities are retained in the region.
In addition to direct local employment opportunities, the Fingerboards project will support the engagement of many local suppliers to provide products and services over an extended period of time.
With a wide range of expertise, local businesses will be utilised to support all aspects of the project including construction of the mine and its infrastructure, mine operations, management of the rehabilitation process and administration of the project. Opportunities will exist for fabrication, mechanical and electrical services, general transportation, hydraulics, equipment repairs and maintenance, horticulture and nursery supplies, security, cleaning and training.
Kalbar Operations is buoyed by the level of interest received from local businesses and suppliers - to date, some 150 expressions of interest have been received.
Once the outcome of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) process is known, Kalbar Operations will engage further with businesses and suppliers to advance these opportunities.
Local suppliers wishing to express interest to work on the Fingerboards project can do so via the ICN Gateway portal – https://gateway.icn.org.au and search for the Fingerboards project. The project website – www.fingerboardsproject.com.au and Kalbar Fingerboards Project Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/KalbarFingerboardsProject are also easily accessible for businesses to keep up-to-date with project progress.
Businesses and suppliers are also welcome to visit the Kalbar Shopfront office at 48 Bailey Street, Bairnsdale Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm; and encouraged to call 1800 791 396 with any questions about the project or if any assistance may be required to register interest in the Fingerboards project.