Pilbara cries out for workers

by 12 December 2012

The bid by shire councils in the Pilbara to import workers for retail, hospitality and other sectors demonstrates that it is not just big resources companies that are desperate for skilled and willing staff. As the mining industry has expanded, so has demand for support services in local communities. But the high cost of living in the region, as well as the isolation, has deterred many people from taking up the job opportunities.

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Pilbara councils eye foreign workers

by 11 December 2012

Pilbara councils want to import foreign workers for smaller businesses in the retail, hospitality and other sectors that are struggling to secure local employees.

Pilbara Regional Council chief executive Tony Friday told ABC radio today that the council had written to Federal Immigration Minister Chris Bowen, flagging its intention to apply for a Regional Migration Agreement.

The Pilbara Regional Council includes the shires of Ashburton, East Pilbara and Roebourne and the town of Port Hedland.

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