MINERS IN HUNT FOR WORKERS Jobs outlook brighter in upturn
Townsville has been repeatedly robbed in the construction of infrastructure in our region. It’s an industry stitch- up that leaves local workers and firmsf in the cold and on the bones of their behinds. NORTH Queensland’s mining sector has finally started to turn around, with industry experts predicting that while the region won’t see another jobs boom, future employment would be more sustainable.
There were 97 jobs advertised on Seek. com. au yesterday for the mining, resources and energy sector in Townsville and North Queensland. The sector also recorded solid growth from April to June, with the number of job advertisements on Seek. com. au rising by 129 per cent.
Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said there were positive signs.
“Companies are hiring people and we’ve seen BMA ( BHP Mitsubishi Alliance) go out and look for people ( in Townsville) a little while ago,” he said.
“Adani is still waiting to kick off but they’re out there and they’ve had a very strong response to the advertisements that they’ve put in the paper.”
Mr Macfarlane said while the North would not see another mining boom, jobs would become more sustainable.
“There’s no doubt that the resources industry is back in town,” he said. “I was at the Mining and Exploration Conference at Noosa on Thursday and the feeling was positive across the board.”
CBC Staff Selection director Chris Cunsamy said the Townsville recruiting business JOBS COUNTER Jobs advertised in Townsville yesterday had been contacted by a number of companies in the mining sector looking for workers. “It is positive,” he said. “To be honest we don’t want to go back to the boom.”
Adani spokesman Ron Watson said the Indian company was sensing an increased interest in mining jobs.
“There are a number of projects new and old, and by that I mean expansions going through final stages of approval,” he said.
“That’s all good news the sector and the region.”
He said the turnaround was being recorded mainly in Central and North Queensland.
“It’s showing that it’s a com- for petitive market,” he said. “The Hunter Valley, that’s a $ 3.5 billion vote of confidence in the future of Australia and anyone that thinks that Glencore wasn’t looking to expand operations is kidding themselves.
“There’s the ongoing myth that our mine is going to pinch jobs but there’s a number of new jobs going up everywhere.
“On top of that, Indonesia has announced they are reducing by more than half its coal exports over the next three to four years. There’s a lot of elbow room left in the market from our point of view.”
Mr Watson said Adani’s “market gut” told them there was increasing demand in developing countries.
“It’s important to discuss the flowbacks to the regions,” he said. “We’re even creating jobs for the activists.
“They’re advertising positions for co- ordinators in Sydney and Melbourne for $ 70,000 to $ 100,000 for a job.”
IAN MACFARLANE ( PICTURED)