Job hunters follow major construction projects south

CENTRAL Queensland's waning major construction projects may drive workers from the region as they head to the state's booming south-east for jobs.

Construction Skills Queensland revealed the trend as it released its Annual Training Plan on Tuesday.

The document delivers strategies to help areas such as Mackay, Rockhampton and Gladstone adapt to change as their major projects slow down.

About $33.5 million will be spent on programs to help workers adapt to change.

CSQ says south-east Queensland accounts for most of the state's construction work and that an upswing is expected between 2016 and 2018.

The organisation predicts workers will head for the Sunshine and Gold coasts and Brisbane where construction - particularly residential - is booming.

CEO Brett Schimming said regional Queensland was the key to workforce growth.

"We're now focusing on the regions in a much more precise way, with workforce analysis and planning building a clear picture of the occupations that will be strategically important in the future," he said.

"CSQ recognises that workforce trends vary considerably across the state, so we have developed detailed regional plans to help us carefully target our skilling programs and investment."

The state's construction industry fell from 232,700 employees in November, 2013, to 220,900 in February, 2015.

Major projects in the Darling Downs employ 9400 people; Fitzroy projects provide jobs for 13,500 workers; Mackay has 34,800 people employed in the construction sector; 16,300 workers are employed by major projects on the Sunshine Coast; and 7700 people are working on Wide Bay projects.

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WHAT'S IN THE PIPELINE

 

Darling Downs - Toowoomba

Current construction workers: 9400

Projects

Inland Mainline Freight Rail

Arrow Gas and Water Treatment Facilities

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing: estimated value $1.6 billion

Nathan Dam and Pipelines: estimated value $1.4 billion

 

Fitzroy

Current construction workers: 13,500

Projects

Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail: status - approved with conditions, estimated value $16.5 billion

China Stone Coal: status - EIS stage, estimated value $6.7 billion

Alpha Coal: status - approved with conditions, estimated value $6.8 billion

Galilee Coal Project: status - approved with conditions, estimated value $6.4 billion

Kevin's Corner Project: status - approved with conditions, estimated value $6 billion

South Galilee Coal: status - approved with conditions, estimated value $4.2 billion

 

Mackay

Current construction workers: 34,800

Projects

Abbot Point Coal Terminal - Stage 3: status - approved with conditions

Grosvenor Coking Coal Mine: status - construction commenced, estimated value $1.4 billion

Mackay Ring Road - Stage 1: status - design phase, estimated value $565 million

Bruce Highway - Sarina to Cairns

 

Sunshine Coast

Current construction workers: 16,300

Projects

Landsborough to Nambour Rail Upgrade: status - approved with conditions

Bruce Highway - Caloundra Road to Sunshine Coast Motorway (Stage 2)

Mooloolah River Interchange

Sunshine Coast Plaza Expansion: status - approved, estimated value $350 million

Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion: status - EIS stage, $347 million

 

Wide Bay

Current construction workers: 7700

Projects

Bruce Highway - Cooroy to Curra (Section C): estimated value $624.3 million


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