Un­der­ground train­ing zone

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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.

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