An Airlie Beach business is poised to provide the specialised training which will be needed for the construction industry when the Adani Carmichael Coal Project gets the final go-ahead.
Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen visited Whitsunday Construction Training and praised the business endeavours of Peter and Diana Utber.
“This provides a great opportunity to ensure Whitsundays locals get jobs when Abbot Point and the Carmichael mine come on track,” Mr Christensen says.
“Any worker who wants to upskill and get training in high risk construction, which are the skills which will be needed when the Adani mine, rail and port project gets the final go-ahead, will be able to get that training right here in the Whitsundays, and that will save them precious time and money.”
Peter Utber is an accredited workplace health and safety trainer and assessor and has a lifetime of experience in the construction industry.
“Mr Utber has spent the last two and a half years working on the Hay Point jetty expansion south of Mackay, and now he has made a considerable investment into this fully compliant high risk training facility,” Mr Christensen explains.
“There are not many of these outside the metropolitan area. Whitsunday Construction Training will allow workers to get the required training for tickets in rigging, dogging, crane operation, forklift operation, working at heights, on work platforms and in a confined space.”
Mr Utber says he appreciates Mr Christensen’s support.
“I’m glad we have a man like George Christensen representing our region who is not scared to stand up and speak out for people who are desperate for jobs,” Mr Utber says.
“There are enormous opportunities for workers when the Carmichael Coal Project gets started and that’s the specific reason I built this facility.”
“George obviously cares about the workers, as I do, and my facility will allow those workers to be on the front foot to secure jobs when they arise.”
The certification will offer individuals the chance to gain great career pathway opportunities and gain immediate work in the construction industry.
It’s a start for Whitsundays locals to get back into construction work.