The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) last week called for Hydro Tasmania to ensure that local capability is employed in the manufacture of wind towers in their $2 billion wind farm on King Island.
In a letter to Hydro Tasmania, the AMWU requested details on Hydro Tasmania’s plan for sourcing the wind towers and urged the use of local manufacturers, rather than cheap imports.
AMWU National Secretary Paul Bastian said that Australian manufacturers were well positioned to produce the towers, eliminating any need to import them.
“A project like Hydro Tasmania’s King Island wind farm is exactly the sort of initiative that needs to look to local suppliers.
“The benefits in terms of jobs, innovation and skills are clear; and it’s also a chance to show off the quality and ingenuity of Australian manufacturing.
“Australian manufacturing is already playing a major role in green technology, but local firms get undercut bycheap imported products from overseas.
“We need energy companies in Australia to show leadership in supporting local content and jobs and will be seeking that Hydro Tasmania follows the lead of Pacific Hydro who source all their towers from Australian based manufacturers.
“Unless we back our own manufacturing sector in these new industries, we risk missing out on a growing industry sector,” said Mr Bastian.