Work­force will be pop­u­la­tion of ma­jor city

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - DARYL PASS­MORE

MORE than 46,000 peo­ple e will work at Bris­bane Air­port within the next quar­ter of a cen­tury. The work­force, dou­ble the cur­rent 23,830, will ac­count for one in ev­ery 100 Queens­lan­ders em­ployed.

A fur­ther 21,000-plus will be em­ployed by busi­nesses in­volved in the sup­ply chain to the hub. New anal­y­sis of the air­port’s eco­nomic in­flu­ence re­veals tens of thou­sands more jobs will be cre­ated around the state through tourism, agri­cul­tural ex­ports and other sec­tors.

“Bris­bane Air­port is an in­cu­ba­tor of suc­cess,’’ said Queens­land Eco­nom­ics Advo- cacy So­lu­tio So­lu­tions f founder d Nick Behrens, who compiled the re­port. He says a “rich ta­pes­try’’ of 426 com­pa­nies do busi­ness di­rectly with the air­port. Three-quar­ters are small busi­nesses and 69 per cent are lo­cated on site. Eighty-three per cent of them rate their per­for­mance as good, very, good or ex­cel­lent.

“The pa­tron­age that’s go­ing through that air­port is just go­ing to in­crease and in­crease and in­crease,” Mr Behrens said. “And the new par­al­lel run­way will be a real boost.”

Some 73 per cent of air­port busi­nesses be­lieve the new run­way (artist’s im­pres­sion pic­tured) will have a pos­i­tive im im­pact on their com­pa­nies, with 42 per cent ex­pect­ing to em­ploy more peo­ple as a re­sult.

The air­port’s direct econo omic con­tri­bu­tion is cur­rently $ $2.6 bil­lion a year, with a furth ther $1.4 bil­lion in­di­rect ben­e­fit. f Those fig­ures are pro­jected to hit $5.3 bil­lion and $2.7 bil­lion by 2040-41.

But Mr Behrens said the “en­abling” ef­fect of Bris­bane Air­port on the state’s econ­omy, and re­gional towns in par­tic­u­lar, is one of Queens­land’s best-kept se­crets.

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