Salt jobs boost

By ROXANNE MILLAR

THE economic spin-offs of south Kingscliff's Outrigger resort at Salt are now being felt outside the construction industry.

The luxury hotel yesterday announced 75 vacancies for local workers, ranging from management positions to pool attendants.

Outrigger say they want most of the jobs to go to local people who will be able to help out tourists and promote a sense of pride in the community.

Initially the 75 jobs are expected to go on-line from December, with a second intake of an extra 45 positions at a later stage.

Workers will be trained in the weeks leading up to the hotel's December 30 opening.

Tursa Employment and Training general manager Ron Rathborne welcomed the intake and said they had already fielded hundreds of calls from people wanting jobs at Outrigger.

"The entire community is buzzing with excitement as the opening is getting closer, particularly hospitality workers," he said.

"There are plenty of candidates eager to gain employment at the hotel."

Outrigger vice-president of operations Clifford Olson said they wanted motivated workers with commitment to service, preferably local.

"Obviously there are advantages with local workers," he said.

"They are readily available, live only a short drive away, have pride in their community and can let the tourists know what is going on in the community."

He said Outrigger will recruit the workers at a two-day job fair at the Kingscliff Tursa office on November 5 from 11am to 7pm and November 6 from 10am to 2pm (DST).

Applicants are to bring current resumes to the job fair and present themselves to a panel of Outrigger executives.

Outrigger has already employed hundreds of construction workers during its lengthy construction period.

Developer Brian Ray said he was proud to have helped create jobs on the Tweed, an area known for its high youth-unemployment rate.

"To be able to see the Outrigger come to fruition is certainly satisfying, but to also be able to have an effect on the employment prospects of so many makes me very proud," he said.

"Salt will ultimately create a range of employment opportunities throughout the development, including positions in other food and beverage outlets that are still in the fit-out stage."

For more information on the job fair contact Tursa on 1800 670 914 or 02 6674 0699.



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