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Move west or miss out: Grylls
Move west or miss out: Grylls

Nationals leader Brendon Grylls has warned Eastern States job snobs they risk missing the good life of WA if they ignore opportunities in the mining boom.

The architect of the Pilbara Cities program said growing North West centres would soon have amenities to rival Perth and those who moved there would set themselves up financially.

_The West Australian _revealed yesterday that cash incentives aimed at getting 4000 unemployed people to move for work led to just 37 people shifting to WA in the past 18 months.

Mr Grylls said towns such as Karratha and Port Hedland were changing rapidly for the better and staff from Perth's trendy Brisbane Hotel would soon open a small bar in Karratha.

"It's not Cottesloe but it will be in 10 years," he said.

"The jobs will be filled and if you are still in the Eastern States in 10 years complaining there wasn't enough job opportunities while letting people from overseas take those opportunities, then that will just be the way it will be."

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry believes the State Government should head a trade delegation east to encourage people to work in WA.

The WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy backed the idea, saying it was clear people in NSW and Victoria were not moving west.

"CME would support any move that encourages interstate migration by highlighting the opportunities in WA for people with the right skills and ability who are willing to live and work in the region or sign on to a fly-in, fly-out roster," director Nicole Roocke said.

But key Federal independent Rob Oakeshott accused the mining industry of not doing enough to recruit Australians, saying he had not seen any companies at jobs expos in his electorate of Lyne, NSW, in the past two years.

"It annoys me that it has somehow entered mythology that the east won't go over to the west to work," he said.

"If any one of these particular companies involved turned up with a plane in one of my local airports, they'd pretty well have 100, 150 people ready to get on straight away."

A parliamentary inquiry will examine enterprise migration agreements after the uproar over Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting being allowed to bring in 1700 foreign workers for its Roy Hill iron ore mine.