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5 Gennaio 2021

Australia

GETTING VISA SETTINGS RIGHT CRUCIAL FOR INFRASTRUCTURE BOOM

The infrastructure boom is gathering pace as businesses and government absorb $300 billion of post-COVID-19 stimulus cash, but experts have warned unless the government gets visa settings right as borders reopen it could stall the recovery by starving major projects of skilled workers. The pipeline for projects announced in federal and state budgets stand to accelerate construction activity. Infrastructure Partnerships Australia chief executive Adrian Dwyer said infrastructure remained the key to the economy’s post-COVID-19 recovery. Industry observers believe there are enough skilled workers for tier two and three developments ranging from $50 million to $500 million, but worry that the big multibillion-dollar projects will struggle to fill roles. There has been a reduction in skilled migrant workers, fuelled by the pandemic, including everything from tunnelling engineers to project directors with senior-level experience. In August the Morrison government announced a priority skills list, including health workers, construction managers and IT professionals, that would allow temporary visa workers stranded overseas during the pandemic to return. There are massive job generating projects being developed across the country in both the private sector and government, including Amazon’s 200,000 square metre Kemps Creek logistics centre and the western Sydney Aerotropolis. Amazon announced the facility in Sydney's west, which will have the US giant’s largest robotics system worldwide, in June. It is expected to create more than 2000 jobs. The multibillion-dollar Aerotropolis development at Badgerys Creek, to provide Sydney with a second international airport, covers 11,000 hectares of land about 50 kilometres from the city’s CBD. Images shot by Australian aerial mapping company Nearmap give a unique new perspective on existing operations at places such as the Fimiston Super Pit in Kalgoorlie, Chevron’s oil and gas operation at Barrow Island and the Newcastle docks. At Australia's second-biggest LNG producer, Chevron's $74 billion Gorgon LNG operation at Barrow Island, work carries on despite a partial shutdown from May to repair defective welds on a production unit. The oil and gas terminal, which is partly owned by ExxonMobil and Shell, has a capacity of 15.6 million tonnes a year. It has also injected more than $1 billion of revenue from oil into the West Australia economy since 1964 and covers a 300-hectare site. Sun Metals zinc refinery at Townsville is partly powered by a photovoltaic solar power station, and aerial shots of the facility show just how extensive the company's array of solar panels is. The Fimiston Super Pit, off Kalgoorlie's Goldfields Highway, is Australia's second-largest open-cut gold mine and produced over 14 tonnes of gold last year. Owned by Saracen Minerals Holdings and Northern Star Resources, it is 3½ kilometres long, 1½ kilometres wide and 600 metres deep. More than 2200 ships trade through Port of Newcastle, the largest port on the east coast and the oldest export port in the country, each year. (ICE SYDNEY)


Fonte notizia: The Australian Financial Review 05.01.2021