Wednesday 16 October
Hansard of the
QUESTION TO THE
NBN ROLLOUT WORKERS - REDEPLOYMENT IN NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY
Mr FINCH (Question) - My question is to the
honourable leader. What consideration has the government given to redeploying
workers from the when it scales down to installing more stages
of the natural gas network? While NBN workers will already be OHS and workplace
compliant, with many of the skills necessary for pipe-laying, what
consideration has been given to training of apprentices and technicians for
domestic insulation work and ongoing maintenance? When will potential natural
gas users be properly informed on when and where the network might be extended?
Mr FARRELL - Mr President, I thank the honourable
member for Rosevears for his questions.
(1) The redeployment of NBN construction crews to do natural gas
work is unlikely to occur since there are no planned significant extensions to
the gas network.
(2) TasGas networks have an ongoing complement of crews for the
ongoing task of installing domestic connections.
(3) The position of the government is that the extension of the
natural gas network to residential areas will occur through organic growth
where it is underpinned through new substantial gas-consuming industrial or
large commercial developments that might be in the locality. An example of this
is the proposed extension of the Port Latta to Smithton pipeline which will provide gas to the food
processing industries in Smithton. Some reticulation to parts of the town may
be possible in areas close to the trunk pipeline. Similarly, in 2012 a gas
pipeline was extended to Simplot's Ulverstone potato processing factory. This
has allowed areas of Ulverstone to get access to gas.