Construction skills in demand for projects
THE Queensland construction industry’s non-mining sectors are set for a revival.
That is the prediction of the 2016 Major Projects Report, released this week by Queensland Major Contractors Association and Construction Skills Queensland.
“Post 2016-17, it is expected that the industry will enter a three-year recovery period,” CSQ chief executive Brett Schimming says.
“The growth will be driven primarily by major projects that include roads and bridges, railways and harbours, electricity, pipelines and telecoms.
“This is encouraging for the industry as many of these projects have confirmed funding and are not exposed to the same global investment risks as resource projects.”
In the road and bridges sector, projects include the Kingsford Smith Drive and Caloundra to Sunshine Motorway upgrades, the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and the Gateway Upgrade North (GUN), beginning 2016-17. In the railways and harbour sector, the Beerburrum to Landsborough duplication, Cross River Rail, Goonyella Coal Rail upgrades, and projects related to the Inland Mainline Freight Upgrade begin in 2019-20.
In the electricity, pipeline and telecommunications sector, total work is forecast to climb back to $1 billion in 2018-19 and 2019-20 with the rollout of the NBN, the North East Gas Interconnector (Queensland Section) and a number of renewable energy projects.
Schimming says these factors could create high competition for construction skills.
“Despite market inconsistencies, there are some exciting large-scale projects in the pipeline for Queensland and we see a strong future in the longer term as we return to normal sector growth levels,” he says.
“Market cycles will always dictate workflow, but the more we can plan and upskill, the more stability we can contribute to workers and the economy.”