KAP Members Rob Katter and Shane Knuth are putting their weight behind the Palaszczuk Government’s lobbying of the Federal Government to allow local councils to use their own workforce to clean up after natural disasters.
The KAP Leader and Member for Mount Isa, Rob Katter said it was high on their list of priorities presented to the Labor Government at the time of the January election.
“Getting state and local government procurement and contracts for locals in regional towns is critical to the survival of our small towns, and we’re encouraged by the Deputy Premier Jackie Trad’s lobbying of the Federal Justice Minister to allow day labour under Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
“This is something we’ve brought to the table with Labor, emphasising the need for local government day labour being able to tender for works.
“It avoids ‘shop front locals’ – large contractors temporarily setting up operations in small rural towns, and it encourages local investment and jobs in rural and regional areas,” Mr Katter said.
KAP Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth said it was vital to prioritise local works.
“It has been very disappointing to see government tenders issued to Western Australian companies while local contractors’ machines lie idle.
“To be able to prioritise local works is vital. We have been belted around by both state and federal governments, with up to 20% unemployment in rural and regional Queensland.
“It simply makes sense to ensure that locals are able to provide the jobs. We’re not there to claim it was our policy, but we welcome Jackie Trad’s announcement,” Mr Knuth said.