The local steel industry is well geared to contribute substantially to developing Perth Stadium having built up capability considerably during the recent resources boom and with a solid track record on similar projects across Australia, according to the ASI. In recent times, those projects have included the Adelaide Oval and Sydney Cricket Ground redevelopments, State aquatic centres in South Australia and NSW, Metricon Stadium and Cbus Super Stadium on Queensland’s Gold Coast, the Rectangular Stadium in Melbourne and major new tennis facilities across the redeveloped Melbourne Park. “Local steel was also the material of choice in the recent development of Perth Arena with supply responsiveness proving a boon for this distinctively complex structure,” said Ian Cairns, National Manager – Industry Development and Government Relations at the ASI. “Australian steel fabrication is more flexible to design changes as we can more easily communicate and accommodate changes quickly and easily. Local steel is usually supplied on a just in time (JIT) basis without the vagueness and uncertainty of shipping schedules. Whilst advance payment is often required for the imported option, the local value chain provides guaranteed, insured payment terms.” That is in addition to supporting local jobs, apprenticeships, skills development and the community at large. “We urge the WA Government to make finalising a local Industry Participation Plan a high priority for the builder and recognising the value of Perth Stadium as a strategic State project,” Mr Cairns said. “Victorian Premier, Denis Napthine recently stipulated 98 percent local steel to be used on the East-West Link as a strategic project subject to that State’s local industry participation policy and we would strongly encourage the Barnett Government to do the same.”