Underground training zone
THE Carmichael Mine project has the potential to steal hundreds of skilled workers from the already tight Mackay labour pool.
In order to prepare Mackay for that, Member for Dawson George Christensen (inset) wants a federally funded underground training simulator with Resource Industry Network at CQU to skill-up more workers.
This facility was once used in Mackay by Mastermyne but during the downturn it sat dormant and was removed.
“The project will cost $10 million to get off the ground and I would like the government to ultimately pay for the construction of the whole project,” he said.
He has already tried to convince Regional Development Australia to fund a marketing campaign to dispel the myths that Mackay is struggling in a downturn and to promote the liveability of the region.
“We don’t want that stigma to continue, we want people to realise – the place is ripe for investment,” he said.
“What is going to be needed is an intense marketing program around that fact and I have certainly spoken to RDA to try and take some lead on this.”
He said although the RDA’s job was to facilitate capital investment in regions, bringing families to Mackay would be just as large as an investment in the region.