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Super Yacht project to bring surge of apprenticeships to Bayside.

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Super Yacht project to bring surge of apprenticeships to Bayside

Friday, 6 October 2006

Bayside youth could benefit from a surge in apprenticeship opportunities in the super yacht industry if Hemmant based company, Viking Industries, is successful in securing a Federal Government grant, announced Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta.

“In recent months I have been working closely with Viking Industries on a project that would see the Brisbane Marine Industry Park upgrade their common user infrastructure from a 300 tonne to a 600 tone ship lift,” said Mr Vasta.

“This would have significant implications not only for the company but for this Bayside region. With a 600 tonne ship lift, super yachts from all over the world could stop at our door and access refit and repair services right here in the Bayside.

“Given the limitations of the current infrastructure, Viking Industries has had to turn away valuable business simply because the yachts cannot be lifted out of the water.

“With a 600 tonne ship lift this would no longer be the case and the Bayside region could take full advantage of the rapidly expanding super yacht refit and repair industry.

“This would ultimately mean a significant increase in local job opportunities and apprenticeships as well as increased business activity in the surrounding region,” said Mr Vasta.

Managing Director of Viking Industries, John Down, believed the project to be ideal for the Federal Government’s Regional Partnerships Programme and submitted an application for funding to purchase the 600 tonne ship lift.

“If this funding application is successful, it is estimated that approximately 500 new jobs will result and 60 new apprenticeships which is very good news for the Bayside,” said Mr Vasta.

“This is an application that simply cannot be overlooked and in recent months I have personally been pushing the benefits of this project to the Prime Minister and my senior colleagues. And the push will continue next week in Canberra.”

Mr Vasta said he welcomed the Deputy Premier’s comments today in relation to the project and was keen to see the State and Federal Government work together to assist this new and emerging industry.

“I thank the Deputy Premier for her support of this project and I assure her that I will

continue to lobby my Federal colleagues for a commitment of funding to this important infrastructure upgrade,” said Mr Vasta.