Establishing manufacturing bases for new industries and replacing current imports will keep WA dollars in WA.
A case in point is BHP’s autonomous trucks program across its Western Australian mines. BHP Newman Operations General Manager Marie Bourgoin says the program is creating 41 new jobs and putting millions of dollars in contracts with Western Australian businesses.
“We recognise how important it is for BHP to partner with local and small businesses, particularly as we move into the post-COVID economic recovery phase,” she says.
“We are pleased to have been able to offer $33 million in contracts to WA vendors for a range of work including autonomous conversion kits, trailers, training content development, and a number of engineering and construction packages.”
The involvement of local businesses in this project shows the growing capability in the state for technologies and advanced manufacturing, so vital in future-proofing WA jobs and building a stronger economy.
For more information see WA Recovery: Economy and Industry.