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    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020

    Rocky forum to help affected Lactalis workers

    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020

    Rocky forum to help affected Lactalis workers

    The Palaszczuk Government has acted immediately to convene a forum on Monday 17 February to assist the Lactalis workers affected by the closure of the Rockhampton facility.

    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said a range of local employers from other industries will be invited to the forum to help secure alternative jobs for the affected workers.

    “My department’s local office has been in touch with Lactalis to help secure jobs for impacted employees,” Mr Dick said.

    “Regrettably, to date, Lactalis has not allowed access by my department to their workforce, as would normally occur in a situation like this. That’s why we’re working with the unions and workers to establish this forum.

    Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said the Palaszczuk Government stands ready to help affected employees.

    “We will do everything we can to help former employees transition successfully to other lines of work,” Mr O’Rourke said.

    “Whether it’s providing more information about services, or connecting workers with other employees, these workers are not alone.”

    Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the Palaszczuk Government will always back manufacturing in Central Queensland.

    “We want to keep workers in Rocky and on the Capricorn Coast, and we know there are other opportunities for workers in the region,” Ms Lauga said.

    “This forum is one way to make sure we connect the right people with the right jobs.”

    The agencies and organisations participating in the forum, including local businesses, employment agencies, other government agencies and support services, will be confirmed later this week.

    ENDS

    Media contact: Lesley Major 0419 288 284