Incentives for West Aussies to Work and Wander out Yonder
Wednesday, 9 September 2020
The Primary Industries Workers Regional Travel and Accommodation Support Scheme will assist agriculture, fisheries and food processing businesses in regional areas experiencing labour shortages as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
– Under the scheme, eligible workers who move to the regions will be able to claim up to $40 a night in accommodation rebates for up to 12 weeks – up to a maximum total rebate of $3,360.
– A travel allowance will also be made available to those relocating more than 100 kilometres from their usual place of residence.
– Workers will be able to claim $150 for travel to the Peel, South-West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt, Mid-West or Goldfields-Esperance regions, $350 for travel to the Gascoyne or Pilbara, and $500 for travel to the Kimberley for
The State Government is continuing to advocate for the Commonwealth to do more to support the sector and incentivise the uptake of horticulture and agriculture opportunities.
The scheme follows the launch of the ‘Work and Wander out Yonder’ campaign – promoting local jobs in agriculture, tourism and hospitality throughout regional WA.
The State Government has partnered with recruitment services Seek and Studium to match employers and job seekers through the campaign website.
The rebate scheme will take effect from September 21, 2020 with more information on how to submit a claim available at Regional-workers-scheme Information
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
“The agriculture, food and fisheries sectors play a vital role in our State’s economy, food security and regional communities.
“COVID-19 travel restrictions have seen backpacker numbers in WA drop to less than half the usual number, leading to labour challenges across a range of occupations but also creating a unique opportunity for young people in WA.
“We are calling on young West Aussies to take this opportunity to get the ‘backpacker holiday experience’ at home – broadening horizons, getting to know your regions and all they have to offer.
“I’ve also requested the Federal Government to adjust their policy settings, to ensure Western Australians who take up seasonal work in regional WA are not penalised financially.”
Comments attributed to Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
“In a typical year, an additional 7,000 seasonal jobs are required over spring and summer in agriculture alone for harvesting, packing and processing work.
“We know it is a challenge to attract local people to these roles, so we are providing a financial incentive for a new cohort who will want to give it a try – and potentially have the adventure of a lifetime.
“It would be great if the Federal Government could come on board and offer some flexibility around JobSeeker or other incentives for local workers.”
Premier’s office – 6552 5000
Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister’s office – 6552 6200
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A renewable energy project expected to create hundreds of jobs and attract millions of dollars in investment has been boosted by the retention of an environmental incentive scheme, developers say.
Despite last month’s lowering of Australia’s renewable energy target, Westgen – developers of a $200 million biomass plant south of Manjimup – will soon enter a tender process with Synergy to secure a contract to supply renewable energy to the electricity retailer.
Westgen director Richard Harris last Wednesday told the Manjimup Chamber of Commerce and Industry that the industry had been shrouded in uncertainty as it awaited the outcome of the Federal Government’s review of its renewable energy target figure.” We weren’t even sure if the RET was going to stay in place but all the uncertainty finally came to an end in June,” Mr Harris said.” While the target is lower than the initial 41,000 gigawatts, we welcome the announcement and we can now move forward with the project.” The RET, re-set at 33,000 gigawatt hours, operates in two parts.
A large-scale renewable energy target focuses on electricity retailers, while a small-scale renewable energy scheme focuses on personal generation for households and small businesses.
A Synergy spokesman said an expression of interest process would soon begin for the procurement of large-scale renewable energy certificates.
But Biomass Action Group spokesman Neil Bartholomaeus believes there is “low to no prospect” of the biomass plant securing a supply contract with Synergy.” Minister for Energy Mike Nahan told State Parliament in May this year that WA would support the renewable energy target via small-scale roof-top solar power generation and water heating – not by new large-scale projects, because WA has between 15 per cent to 20 per cent excess capacity in generating facilities and adding to that would increase costs to consumers,” Mr Bartholomaeus said.
Mr Bartholomaeus said Synergy was “under no pressure” to purchase large-scale energy certificates from Westgen following a merger with Verve Energy last year.
But Manjimup shire president Wade DeCampo, an advocate of the biomass project, said it was closer than ever and he was confident Synergy would “come to the party”.
Mr Harris said Westgen was also optimistic and, pending the outcome of the contract processes, would soon look to secure funding – some of which could come from the Federal Government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency, which had expressed interest in the project.
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