Employment opportunities to be discussed at forum

    A forum will be held next month discussing the Eyre Peninsula Desalination Plant Project. PHOTO: FILE
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    Eyre Peninsula businesses, industry representatives and job seekers are invited to a forum in Port Lincoln next month to learn about employment opportunities available through the construction phase of SA Water’s desalination plant project.

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    SA Water, together with early contact involvement partner Acciona, will speak at the forum about an overview of the project, followed by an expo where attendees will be stationed in discussion groups focussed on supply chain, accommodation, and employment and training.

    It will take place at the Port Lincoln Hotel ballroom on Tuesday, March 5, with formal presentations from 4pm to 5pm and the expo from 5pm to 6.30pm.

    SA Water’s Eyre Peninsula Desalination Project director David Henchliffe said the project was expected to provide a boost for the local economy during construction, plus operation of the proposed plant.

    “This includes through new supply chain opportunities for local businesses and the creation of up to 230 jobs per year to 2025-26,” he said.

    “We’re looking for support in areas such as civil and building construction, accommodation, catering, cleaning, concreting, earthworks, electrical, materials supply, scaffolding and truck hire. There will also be options for training and upskilling.

    “In parallel to these conversations, we continue to progress our development application for the project, which is informed by stakeholder feedback and will include a detailed concept design being developed with Acciona.”

    Acciona project director George Panagopoulos said his team was looking forward to meeting with the Eyre Peninsula business community to discuss upcoming opportunities.

    “The purpose of the event is to connect with the local business community so we can learn more about what trades and services currently exist on the Eyre Peninsula that may be able to support the delivery of the project,” he said.

    “By understanding the skills and capabilities present within the community, we can better tailor our efforts to harness local talent, which will in turn foster economic growth and sustainability in the region.

    “Our mindset is all about exploring the local jobs market and keeping the work and investment on the Eyre Peninsula, and this forum is an important first step in the process.”

    To register for the event, visit eventbrite.com.au/e/eyre-peninsula-desalination-project-economic-opportunities-forum-tickets-824738744787

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