A FORUM in the Shellharbour region will give job-seekers the chance to help fill vacancies created by Gina Rinehart's Roy Hill Holdings iron ore project in remote Western Australia.
The region will host one of two jobs forums planned to recruit some of the 8500 workers needed during the $9.5 billion project's construction phase.
Roy Hill last week announced that recruitment firm Skilled would seek advanced expressions of interest from workers for their project in the Pilbara region.
"I have received correspondence from Roy Hill, accepting my offer to attend a large scale Mining Jobs Recruitment Forum that will cover the shires of Shoalhaven, Kiama, Shellharbour and Wollongong," Gilmore MP Joanna Gash said.
Illawarra-based Liberal Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells said it was encouraging to see opportunities come to the region, especially given the advantage of the Illawarra Regional Airport for possible fly-in fly-out working arrangements.
Member for Throsby Stephen Jones also welcomed the national recruitment drive which gave constituents the opportunity to be considered for employment.
"While working in these harsh and remote conditions is not for everyone, I am pleased that Roy Hill has recognised we have workers right here in the Illawarra who are ready, willing and able for these jobs," he said.
The forum will take place in late September to early October