David Stuart

Job hunters may ditch Central Queensland for work

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 Rockhampton, Gladstone and Mackay 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.


Projects and estimated values:

Carmichael Coal Mine: Approved with conditions ($16.5 billion)

China Stone Coal: EIS stage ($6.7 billion)

Alpha Coal: Approved with conditions ($6.8 billion)

Galilee Coal Project: Approved with conditions ($6.4 billion)

Kevin's Corner Project: Approved with conditions ($6 billion)

South Galilee Coal: Approved with conditions ($4.2 billion)