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Task Force to target local workers for Northern Connector project

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

17 December 2015

The State Government will target workers in the northern suburbs for at least half of the jobs created by the Northern Connector project through a new jobs task force.

About 480 jobs will be supported during each year of the construction of the motorway, which will link the Northern Expressway with the South Road Superway and the Port River Expressway.

The task force will aim to ensure that more than 240 of the jobs for the Northern Connector project go to workers from our northern suburbs, particularly those facing unemployment with the closure of Holden.

A similar task force was created for the Northern Expressway and Southern Expressway duplication projects – both of which were successful in ensuring that locals secured the bulk of the jobs.

For the Southern Expressway duplication, 58 per cent of the 1800 workers came from the south. For the Northern Expressway, almost half of the workers came from the northern suburbs, and both projects secured more than 90 per cent South Australian employment.

The Northern Connector Jobs Task Force will focus on the Salisbury, Playford and Port Adelaide Enfield council areas and will be led by the local Member for Little Para, Lee Odenwalder.

Mr Odenwalder will work with Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan and other northern suburbs MPs, local government, the Holden Transition Centre, job networks and other stakeholders.

Major infrastructure projects - including the North South Corridor works - will support about 1500 jobs a year on average over the next four years.

Together with the Commonwealth Government the State Government has committed to a record infrastructure spend of more than $3 billion which will create jobs directly through construction work, and also indirectly by providing productivity savings for businesses and commuters.

The Northern Connector Jobs Task Force will also look to ensure a minimum of 20 per cent of the total labour hours will be carried out by apprentices and trainees, Aboriginal workers and people facing barriers to employment.

"As well as the long-term travel benefits which will flow from the project we also want to ensure our area is rewarded in terms of the boost to local jobs and the economy during construction," Mr Odenwalder said.

"Over the next few months I will be meeting with representatives from various sectors including education, job networks, trade development and the construction industry."

Two tenderers have been shortlisted to bid for the design and construction of the Northern Connector.

Major works on the Northern Connector are scheduled to begin next May and the project is expected to be completed in late 2019.