Every new government project in the Bunbury area must employ local people and use locally sourced material, said WA Labor candidate for Bunbury Don Punch.

“The level of unemployment in Bunbury is a disgrace and unacceptable”, said Mr Punch.

His comments follow the latest unemployment figures that show Bunbury has 6.2% unemployment and, even worse, that WA’s participation rate that has fallen to a record low at 66.8% in the September quarter.

“When you look down the road, Busselton has been able to maintain an unemployment rate of 5.1%”, said Mr Punch. 

“You don’t have to look too hard to find the evidence.

“There are empty shops in the City Centre, empty warehouses in our industrial areas and people are clearly leaving town as houses are put on the market and rental properties unfilled.

“Not one new major industry has been established in our industrial areas at Kemerton or Picton in the past eight years of the Liberal National Government with no new major projects on the horizon. Yet at the same time there has been an enormous focus on Busselton and it has paid off with Busselton people at work and shops open.

“If elected, in March 2017 I will be working with industry leaders from all sectors to get Bunbury back to work.

“To start, I will insist every Government project in Bunbury will create local jobs.

“Whether it is construction, new services or not for profit funding, I will personally make sure every project that is approved employs local people for local jobs.”