Mon 12 Apr 2021

MEDIA RELEASE
Sunday, 11 April 2021

CCF welcomes Liberal commitment to unleash the high-vis army on civil projects

The Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) has welcomed the Liberals’ commitment to tackle skills issues in the civil sector.

CCF President, Bill Abbott, said it was vital that the next Government works with CCF to tackle skills issues.

“We have consulted extensively with our members in developing our list of priorities for the 2021 election.  It is vital that we help civil contractors, particularly SMEs, address skills gaps in their workforce and increase the capacity of the industry,” Mr Abbott said.

“The Liberals’ commitment to provide $4 million funding to tackle these challenges is exactly what is needed and we welcome their support.

“This funding will help the civil sector increase its capacity so that we can build the infrastructure that Tasmanians need and deserve.”

CCF CEO, Rachael Matheson, said the Liberals have also committed to a number of other key priorities identified by the CCF.

“If we are going to have a high-vis army to build infrastructure, we need to ensure that the next Government is working hand-in-glove with the civil sector,” Ms Matheson said.

“Our industry is looking forward to an even closer working relationship with the next government and by committing to regularly releasing updated project pipeline documents as well as committing to regular industry roundtables, the Liberals, if re-elected are ensuring we can work to build Tasmania’s future together.

“The civil workforce will grow significantly in the next few years as major projects continue to be rolled out across all areas of the state and including all civil businesses and all levels of government.

 

“The safety of civil workers is our number one priority and that’s why we will continue the ‘Your Speed is Our Safety’ campaign.  We will ensure that we allocate some of the funding committed by the Liberals to make sure all Tasmanians hear that message loud and clear.”