Con­struc­tion skills in de­mand for projects

The Courier-Mail - Career One - - Trades -

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.”

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