In the News

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Justin Page HJA Co-ordinator:  [email protected]

November 24th, 2023

HJA supports Federal Government’s announcement of a greatly expanded Capacity Investment Scheme to back renewable energy and storage.

“The transition away from coal is a global reality, and in a time of change, we need to build new sustainable industries and opportunities to ensure the Hunter remains a great place to live for both us and our children. This level of investment in renewable energy infrastructure will mean local workers will have more opportunities in the transition, and are better placed to move into future-proof careers.” HJA Coordinator Justin Page.

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November 15th, 2023

Hunter Jobs Alliance leads the push for a TAFE Energy Centre of Excellence in the Hunter

“The vocational training system in NSW is struggling to train enough workers in key trades that are demanded both by existing industries and by fast growing renewable sectors,” Hunter Jobs Alliance coordinator Justin Page said. “A TAFE Energy Centre of Excellence could train an additional 450 students annually at Tighes Hill with a five year operational budget of $22 million”.

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October 23rd, 2023

HJA promotes need for well funded transition authorities to support workers in coal-fired power stations

“You look at the Hunter, and we’re attracting investment in clean energy, with offshore wind, ammonia, hydrogen, those types of things, and it’s imperative that government gets the right policies and framework settings in place so we can ensure local jobs, local supply chains, apprenticeships, and community benefits,” Mr Page said.

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October 8th, 2023

Hunter Workers, Hunter Jobs Alliance and Business Hunter back Hunter Offshore Wind project

“We’ve been advocating to see offshore wind proponents take a proactive approach to environmental and threatened species impact avoidance technologies from the outset,” coordinator Justin Page said.

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September 28th, 2023

Hunter Jobs Alliance supports offshore wind development

“With the right Government Policy and Framework settings we have the opportunity to create permanent secure, quality union jobs, local apprenticeships, training and transition opportunities for energy workers, maximise Australian manufacturing for offshore wind including wind turbine components, floating structures cables, and vessels, maximise local supply chains, provide benefits for First Nations people an use regulated Australian vessels and Australian crew.” said coordinator Justin Page.

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September 7th, 2023

HJA to push for Hunter New Industries Training Centre

“We have the resources, the knowhow and the industrial base here in the Hunter to provide training in renewables skills for the entire state” said Mr. Page.

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July 12th, 2023

Herald opinion piece for a TAFE New Industries Training Centre

“The Hunter Jobs Alliance believes there is a strong case for public investment in a TAFE new industries training centre based in the region. This would create clear paths for workers, address skills shortages, and attract investment in sectors where labour and skills significantly influence developers’ location decisions” write Jack Galvin-Waight from the Teachers Federation and Liam Phelan from the National Tertiary Education Union.

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May 6th, 2023

Net Zero Authority Welcomed

“This is a big, big day – for mining and energy workers, for their communities, for the union movement and for the country,” said AMWU Secretary Steve Murphy.

“It delivers on the promise Labor made to workers that they would be looked after, not left behind.”