Hunter manufacturers call for new govt procurement policy

Manufacturers from the Hunter region have called on the NSW
government to help save their industry from dying.

The ABC reports that CEOs from 16 of the Hunter region’s
largest manufacturing companies, along with nine State and Federal MPs held a manufacturing roundtable in Newcastle yesterday to discuss their concerns.

According to Opposition Hunter spokeswoman Sonia Hornery, employers want the government to come up with a new procurement policy.

“Some of the leaders of manufacturing industries are
urging the state Government to create a procurement policy that would
fundamentally mean that a portion any work produced in the State there is a
local content,” she said.

“It would mean in the Hunter there would be rolling
stock being built here.”

Amongst the issues discussed was the state government’s
decision to buy hundreds of new trains off-the-shelf, rather than award the
work to local manufacturers.

As reported in The Newcastle Herald, in May the Australian
Industry Group, Hunter Business Chamber, Hunternet and Newcastle Trades Hall
Council have co-signed a letter to Premier Mike Baird, Transport Minister
Gladys Berejiklian and state Opposition Leader John Robertson, saying carriages
should be built in the Hunter region.

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