AUSTRALIAN jobs need to be guaranteed in the construction, shipping and surface transport at New South Wales’ first LNG import terminal, the Port Kembla Ports Unions Committee said.
It was announced this week that Port Kembla was the preferred site for the development, which is expected to receive shipments every two to three weeks.
The Committee is concerned that the gas would be sourced from overseas rather than locally, meaning fewer local jobs in the long term.
Port Kembla Unions Committee spokesman Mick Cross pointed out that Australia is on track to be the world’s biggest producer of LNG by next year.
“We shouldn’t have to rely on importing gas when we have the ability to be completely self-sufficient in a resource that belongs to the Australian people,” he said.
“The construction phase will undoubtedly boost the local economy in the short term, but unions want to ensure there are long-term jobs for the region in shipping and surface transport, as well as plant operations.”