GOOD NEWS: Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps.
GOOD NEWS: Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps. Jim Campbell

Gladstone is the right place for job security

GLADSTONE has established itself as the centre of the Queensland LNG industry, with multi-billion dollar projects set to fuel employment and economic growth in the region in coming years.

Those job prospects have been given a welcome boost this week, with the Queensland Government revealing its 30-year vision for the resources sector, which will have lasting impacts on Gladstone in particular.

Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said the government stood by its 2012 election promise to grow the resources industry as one of the state's four economic pillars.

"The $37.9 billion sector contributes one in every four dollars to the state's economic activity and supports one in every five jobs, so it's vital we have a strong, competitive and agile industry," Mr Cripps said.

"Central Queensland is a world-ranking producer and exporter of coal, a major centre for minerals processing and has significant coal seam gas resources. Within the 30-year horizon for our strategic vision for the sector, this region will experience great transformation with the development of coal resources in the Galilee and potential new resources such as unconventional gas are explored and realised.

Mr Cripps said the resources sector contributed significantly to the economy in Central Queensland.

"The resources sector in Central Queensland employs almost 9000 full-time people and contributes $3.4 billion into the state's economy, with around $1.5 billion invested directly into local communities," he said.

"The sector also indirectly creates 34,645 local jobs and $2.2 billion to the regional economy through local purchases."

More information about the ResourcesQ initiative is available at: dnrm.qld.gov.au/resourcesq.

Meanwhile, the release of the new Ports Strategy for Queensland will consolidate Gladstone's position as the state's industrial powerhouse.

In Gladstone to meet with business and local government leaders, Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche said the strategy would inject new confidence into the sector.

The strategy also recognises exporters' strong record of working responsibly alongside the Great Barrier Reef for many decades.


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